Hook given Wales boost

Date published: May 12 2015

Wales assistant coach Rob Howley has handed James Hook a boost ahead of the World Cup, saying the Gloucester playmaker could make the squad.

The 29-year-old, who can play at fly-half, full-back and inside centre, was not selected by head coach Warren Gatland for Wales' recent Six Nations fixtures.

But along with Cardiff Blues duo Gareth Anscombe and Rhys Patchell, Hook will be eyeing a spot at the Rugby World Cup, with Howley saying he's in the mix.

"Probably your third number 10 has to have the ability to play 10 and 15 and 12 and 13, so James Hook comes into the equation," he told BBC Sport.

"So flexibility is so important when you're picking a squad of 31 and obviously both Rhys and Gareth are in that mix.

"I think [Wales head coach] Warren Gatland has said that the door is open [to Hook] and obviously we are going to be sitting down in the next couple of weeks for when we announce the squad on 6 June."

Wales are drawn alongside England, Australia, Fiji and Uruguay in the 'Pool of Death' making tickets for Rugby World Cup 2015 more desirable than ever.