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Gloucester's James Hook: I never contemplated quitting Test rugby

James Hook in action for Gloucester Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

Gloucester star James Hook says that he has never contemplated quitting Test rugby, even though he has only started twice for Wales since the last Rugby World Cup.

Hook admits that if he features in the final Wales squad for the England-hosted tournament it would "probably mean more" to him than his 2007 and 2011 World Cup selections.

He will start at fly-half against opening World Cup warm-up opponents Ireland on Saturday in what will be his 78th cap.

I never thought of packing it in. It does get tough, but when you see your mates out there you realise what a great atmosphere there is in the stadium with the Six Nations and the autumn Internationals. You never want to turn your back on that."

– James Hook

Hook spent three seasons with French club Perpignan immediately after the last World Cup, then he joined Gloucester last year following Perpignan's relegation.

Ross Moriarty playing for Gloucester Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Fellow Gloucester teammate Ross Moriarty will also be included in the squad on Saturday in his Test debut. Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland admitted he included Moriarty in the squad at being impressed at how the youngster had 'forced his way' into the Gloucester team.


Teenagers arrested as police investigate firearms reports

Four men were arrested in Stoke this afternoon on suspicion of firearms offences after they were spotted acting suspiciously.

The men were aged 16, 17, 17, and 27. Credit: PA Images

The men were aged 16, 17, 17, and 27.

Staff at the city centre's CCTV control unit alerted police to the men in question after they were seen to be in possession of what looked like a firearm.

Armed officers were called to the city centre and the men were found in Hanley at around 4.15pm in the Stafford Street area.

Officers recovered what is believed to be two firearms which will be examined.

Robbers who targeted cash vans jailed for 35 years

A group who robbed cash van drivers in Birmingham to pay for a lavish lifestyle of designer clothes and parties have been jailed for a combined total of 35 years.

Places where the gang targeted drivers included Alexandra Theatre in Station Street Credit: West Midlands Police

Emmanuel Koryang, 22, Peter White, 25, and 19-year-old Lance Cotterell attacked five security guards in just over a month last summer, including a pub raid where they doused a customer in spirits and threatened to set him alight.

Places where the gang targeted drivers included Alexandra Theatre in Station Street, Broad Street's Cine World and the Edgbaston Tap pub.

The men spent their loot as soon as they got it on designer clothes and travelling the country on big nights out. CCTV footage from a club in Newcastle after the Morrisons robbery shows them throwing thousands of pounds around and splashing out on bottles of expensive vodka. It’s clear from the level of violence used in the final robbery that they were prepared to stop at nothing in order to get what they wanted and when faced with anything more than a lone van driver, their brutality escalated."

– Detective Inspector Ben West

The three men denied conspiracy to rob but were found guilty following a four-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Last Friday, Koryang and White were each given twelve year sentences while getaway driver Cotterell was handed an eleven year term.

Stoke sign Real Madrid midfielder Sergio Molina

Sergio Molina is joining Stoke from Real Madrid Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Stoke have signed 19 year old Real Madrid midfielder Sergio Molina on a three-year deal.

Molina has signed a contract until 2018 at the Britannia Stadium, subject to international clearance, but he will initially join up with the Potters' Under-21s side.

A defensive midfielder, Molina has come through the ranks at Real Madrid, having joined the Spanish giants aged just nine, and he follows in the footsteps of fellow Spaniard Moha, who arrived at Stoke from Barcelona earlier in the summer.


Missing Sutton Coldfield teenager found safe and well

A teenager who had been missing from her home in Sutton Coldfield for over a week has been found safe and well, according to West Midlands Police.

Kayleigh Butler had been missing since Sunday 26 July but has now been found.

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