Former Welsh international scrum-half Mike Phillips has said that the Wales coaches just simply don’t like Gloucester star man, James Hook.
Hook has been exceptional for the Cherry & Whites this season in the Aviva Premiership, although despite his brilliant form, he’s still being left out of Warren Gatland’s Wales squads.
The 30-year-old fly-half already has 82-Wales caps to his name, however, he’s been completely shut out of Gatland’s plans for some time now, missing out on most of the 2015 World Cup as well as this year’s Six Nations tournament.
Speaking in his column in the Daily Mail, former British & Irish Lion, Phillips, claims that despite being extremely talented, coaches just don’t like Hook.
James Hook is one of the most gifted footballers I’ve played with but he doesn’t get a look in with Wales. He’s a complete natural yet the coaches just don’t like him.
With talk of an injury to Jonathan Davies this week, I don’t know why Hook’s name wasn’t mentioned as a potential replacement. Instead, they were looking to shift George North, who is a world-class winger, to provide midfield cover.
Hooky could score four tries in training and the coaches still wouldn’t look at him. He’s playing really well for Gloucester and as far as I’m concerned he’s one of the best Welsh players of the last decade.
Phillips makes a good point about Hook being able to cover for Jonathan Davies. Hook is a fantastically versatile player, as we’ve seen him play at fly-half, full-back and in midfield many times before in his career. Hook is reliable, experienced and more than capable to put in a shift back in the famous red shirt.
If Hook continues playing well for Gloucester, surely Gatland can’t ignore that for much longer?