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Gloucester talk to Wales star James Hook

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

James Hook met Gloucester representatives last week

GLOUCESTER have met James Hook amid a scramble to secure the Wales star’s services.

The 75-cap international penned a four-year contract extension with Perpignan last September but it is understood a clause has been activated following the Catalans’ relegation to Pro D2.

Hook dazzled with a ‘full-house’ at Kingsholm in October and it is believed he met with representatives of both Gloucester and the Ospreys last week.

But Gloucester’s search for a new director of rugby, following the sacking of Nigel Davies last week, could prove a stumbling block.

The club have previously stressed they will be making no further signings, on either the playing or coaching department, until a man at the top is appointed.

Davies had ear-marked Scotland international Greig Laidlaw as his front-line fly-half for next season but he is primarily a scrum-half and it is now unclear in which position his Kingsholm future lies.

That could see the Cherry and Whites return to the market for an outside-half and versatile Hook would fit the bill.

London Irish are reportedly leading the chase for the former British and Irish Lion but he is also attracting interest from a host of Super Rugby franchises, including Melbourne Rebels, the Sharks and Stormers.

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