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Hook moves to Wales midfield for injured Davies

Hook moves to Wales midfield for injured Davies

James Hook was switched around again by Wales to replace injured center Jonathan Davies for the Six Nations rugby match against Italy this weekend.
Hook played fullback against England and flyhalf against Scotland.
He will play his third position in three games after Davies failed to recover in time from hurting his hamstring in the 24-6 win over Scotland 10 days ago.
The game in Rome on Saturday will be Hook's 50th for Wales, while Stephen Jones was back at flyhalf for his 98th in the only changes to the starting lineup on Tuesday.
In the reserves, winger Leigh Halfpenny was over an ankle injury to take Jones' spot.
"We have selected the strongest possible side, showing the utmost respect to Italy," Wales coach Warren Gatland said.
"We know only too well what tough opponents they are in Rome and so we have picked the strongest team available to us."
The forwards, who throttled Scotland at Edinburgh to help end Wales' eight-test winless run, deserved to stick together, said Wales attack coach Rob Howley.
"This is very much a vote of confidence for the forwards, they have been going extremely well as a unit and we are looking for more of the same against Italy.
"Our hand has been forced in the backline, Jonathan is simply not ready this weekend after struggling with his hamstring since the Scotland game.
"The obvious decision then is to move James into the center where he has done well in partnership with Jamie (Roberts). And bringing Stephen in at flyhalf is a great luxury to have. He was hurting after the England game ... and we are very happy to have that option available to us."
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Wales: Lee Byrne, Morgan Stoddart, James Hook, Jamie Roberts, Shane Williams, Stephen Jones, Mike Phillips; Paul James, Matthew Rees (captain), Craig Mitchell, Bradley Davies, Alun-Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton, Ryan Jones. Replacements: Richard Hibbard, John Yapp, Jonathan Thomas, Josh Turnbull, Tavis Knoyle, Rhys Priestland, Leigh Halfpenny.


Updated : 2021-10-23 04:37 GMT+08:00