I never thought of retiring – Hook

Date published: August 5 2015

Wales fly-half James Hook has celebrated his recall to the international arena by insisting he never thought of retiring when he was left out of the squad.

Hook, who has impressed for Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership, was omitted from Wales' Six Nations squad but will wear the number 10 jersey in Saturday's Rugby World Cup warm-up game against Ireland in Cardiff.

“I never thought of packing it in,” he said.

“It gets tough but you get on with it and when you see your mates out there you want to be playing.

“You realise what a great atmosphere there is at the Millennium Stadium and you never want to turn your back on that.

“I was disappointed to miss the Six Nations but that only drives you on to work harder.

“You just have to keep adapting your game to suit the coaches and playing in one position all season at Gloucester has benefited me.”

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has indicated that Hook's decision to move to Perpignan after the 2011 World Cup hampered his chances at international level, but the 30-year-old feels playing in France was beneficial in other ways.

“I have no regrets about that move,” he added.

“From a rugby point of view it probably did hamper my international career, but from a lifestyle and a rugby experience it was great.”