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'Unfinished business' for James Hook

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James Hook has admitted to a sense of World Cup "unfinished business" after his painful experience in New Zealand four years ago.

Wales reached the semi-finals of that tournament - their best performance on a global stage since 1987 - but an agonising 9-8 defeat against France in Auckland meant their dream ended as skipper Sam Warburton was sent off and Hook substituted just five minutes into the second period.

The Gloucester fly-half has only made four Wales starts since then, but his 80th cap could arrive on Saturday if - as looks likely - he will be involved in Wales' match-day 23 against Australia.

We've had some pretty major injuries which have opened the door to me, but now I am here it's about getting out there, enjoying it and giving my best.

Because I can cover so many positions, there is always an opportunity, and it took a few injuries for me to come in, but I am chuffed to be here now.

I have been running at centre and full-back a little bit more than at outside-half.

I am still quite familiar with those positions. It's just about getting into it and learning the calls and getting out there. I've been training well and it is no different to the last few years, and hopefully I can transfer that to a game.

– James Hook, Fly-half Gloucester


'Be aware' rain warning for North Wales

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The Met Office has a yellow 'be aware' warning of rain in force for Flintshire and Wrexham.

It says upwards of 30 mm could fall in a few places and there is the risk of minor disruption to travel because of localised surface water flooding.

Conditions are expected to ease during the afternoon.


Man arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure.

It's thought a man exposed himself this morning in the Gadlas Road area of Llysfaen, Old Colwyn.

The man was then arrested and also arrested on suspicion of burglary.

A man is currently in custody and will be questioned about these offences. We wish to reassure the community and patrols are being undertaken in the area. I would appeal to anyone who may have information to call police on 101.

– DCI Jason Devonport, North Wales Police

Samson Lee unfazed by talk of ghost at Wales' World Cup hotel

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Samson Lee has revealed talk of ghostly goings-on at Wales' World Cup hotel in Surrey.

The 19th Century Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge is known for tales regarding sightings of the so-called "grey lady" in a crinoline dress, while room 1313 on the hotel's third floor has a history of guests reporting extreme temperature changes and the feeling of a "presence".

The hotel, which dates back to 1856, stands on the site of the Tudor royal palaces of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

A few boys think they've seen a ghost, but I'm not sure they actually have. I think it's best to stay away from room 1313. It has been discussed over food and stuff like that, and Dan Lydiate isn't happy about it. He actually thinks he's seen a ghost, but I think he's dreaming

– Samson Lee, Wales Prop

Dan Lydiate and Taulupe Faletau have said they've seen a couple of ghosts, but I haven't seen any. I am sure a few of the boys are playing a few pranks, like hiding in the cupboards. But fingers-crossed, I haven't seen any ghosts yet.

– James King, Wales back row

Any cheerful paranoia about the paranormal, though, will certainly not hinder preparations for next Saturday's World Cup Pool A decider against Australia at Twickenham, with Welsh spirits high after booking a last-eight place.

Unbeaten Wales know that victory over the Wallabies - a feat they have not accomplished since 2008 - would see them progress as top seeds and into a probable quarter-final appointment with Scotland or Japan.

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