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Exiled Hook seeks swift Wales return

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Perpignan fly-half James Hook has spoken of his desire to return to prominence with Wales and admits his continued absence from the starting XV is a source of great frustration. 

Hook, who joined the French top 14 outfit from Ospreys in 2011, hasn't started a competitive international fixture since the 2011 World Cup and saw just 22 minutes of action in Wales' victorious 2013 Six Nations campaign. 

He has won 70 caps in total since making his Test debut against Argentina in June 2006. 

Hook told the Rugby Paper: "I just hope I have a future. I'm not sure what I have to do. It's anyone's guess what the coaches are thinking. Maybe I'll get another chance. 

"The more I think about it, the more frustrated I get. It's quite hard to understand. I have to get on with it and knuckle down to play my very best for Perpignan.

"I have thought about the future and I'd love to play for Wales again. To say I don't want to play for my country would be silly because I really do." 

Hook's omission from the Lions tour of Australia this summer was expected, but his exclusion from Wales' tour of Japan came as a great surprise. 

"I'm here if they want me. If I felt I wasn't talented enough, I might think differently. I want to play for Wales again very badly but it's out of my hands," added Hook.

 

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