James Hook, star des Ospreys, 34 ans, va mettre un terme à sa carrière de joueur de rugby dès la fin de la saison. L’ancien joueur du pays de Galles décide de se consacrer à l’écriture de livres pour enfants ainsi qu’au coaching.

J’ai eu le privilège de faire ce que j’aime depuis si longtemps. Jamais dans mes rêves les plus fous, à commencer par un enfant de 5 ans jouant pour Aberavon Quins, je ne pensais que je vivrais cela. Le rugby m’a donné tellement d’expériences incroyables qui m’ont permis de voyager et de vivre dans certains des meilleurs endroits. Chaque équipe pour laquelle j’ai joué depuis le début a façonné mon parcours et m’a donné des souvenirs incroyables que je chérirai toujours” a-t-il écrit sur son compte Instagram.

Désormais, le rugbyman va se consacrer à son autre passion : l’écriture. Il va publier un livre pour enfants centré sur les exploits d’un jeune joueur de rugby, dès ce printemps avant d’en écrire beaucoup d’autres.

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Hey Guys, Just want to let you know that I’ll be retiring from the game of rugby that I love so much, at the end of this season. I've been privileged to do what I love for so long. Never in my wildest dreams, starting out as a 5 year old playing for Aberavon Quins, did I think I’d experience what I have in the game. Rugby has given me so many incredible experiences which has allowed me to travel and live in some of the best places. Every team I have played for since the start has shaped my journey and given me incredible memories that I will always treasure. I have so many people to thank. Firstly, my teams. Thank you @aberavonquins125, @aberavonrfc, @tatasteelrfc, @neathrugbyofficial, @ospreys_official, @usapofficiel, @officialgloucesterrugby, @barbarians_fc, @welshrugbyunion and the @britishandirishlions Massive thanks to all the fans who supported me throughout the highs and lows of my career. I’m truly grateful and have appreciated your support so much. Thank you to the people who have made my dreams possible – my teammates, coaches, backroom staff, parents, Grandparents, brother, sister, my in laws, along with my friends, sponsors and my agent Derwyn. Lastly, but by no means least, thank you to my amazing wife Kim, and our three sons – you’ve been my rock and constant, lived it with me and backed me every step of the way. It’s been an unbelievable ride and I’ll attack my next adventures in the same way that I always approached the game, and that is – play what’s in front, take a few risks, and do it all with as much positivity as I can possibly bring. Thank you ? x

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