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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.


The Webb Ellis Cup comes to Victoria Square

Birmingham City Council House in Victoria Square Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Webb Ellis Cup will be in Victoria Square this afternoon.

The famous trophy will be on display in front of the Council House between 2:00pm and 5:45pm and inside the Council House between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.

The area is being transformed for rugby activities which the public can participate in.

What is the Webb Ellis trophy?

The Webb Ellis Cup Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Webb Ellis Cup is the trophy awarded to the winner of the Rugby World Cup.

The trophy is named after William Webb Ellis, who is often credited as the inventor of rugby football.

Mr Webb Ellis was born on 24th November 1806 in Salford. He moved to Rugby in Warwickshire and was educated at Rugby School, before going to Oxford University.

The cup is currently touring the UK and Ireland ahead of this year's Rugby World Cup, which is being hosted by England.


Leicestershire maze inspired by the Rugby World Cup

An aerial view of Wistow Maze and its rugby player scoring a try. Credit: ITV News Central

With England playing host to the Rugby World Cup this year, the Wistow Maze in Leicestershire has been inspired to create its own sporting tribute.

Open to the public for the first time this weekend, the new maze design has been created in the shape of a Rugby player scoring a try, with the trophy in the top left hand corner.

It's more than three miles long and the winding pathways snake through eight acres of corn plants.

It's estimated that up to 15,000 people visit the tourist attraction in the area each year.

Rugby World Cup on tour

Former World Cup winner Jason Leonard gets his hands on the trophy he won in 2003 Credit: ITV News Central/Michael Sibert

As England prepares to host the Rugby World Cup, the Webb Ellis Trophy is on tour in the West Midlands.

Former World Cup winner Jason Leonard, at Hereford Cathedral, gets

his hands on the trophy he won in 2003 as part of England's winning


Fans will also have the opportunity to have their photograph taken with the Cup at Sixways in Worcester this afternoon and at a party in Telford at 6pm this evening.

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