James Hook: Wales international 'wants to help' young Ospreys

Dan Biggar and Sam Davies
Dan Biggar and Sam Davies both featured during Wales' autumn internationals

Wales international James Hook has said his Ospreys return will not hinder the development of fly-half duo Sam Davies and Dan Biggar.

Hook, 31, will rejoin Ospreys from Gloucester at the end of the season, six years after he left the Liberty Stadium.

The versatile back says he is willing to help the growth of Wales pair Davies and Biggar at the region.

"They're two of the best 10s in Wales at the moment," Hook said.

Davies, 23 has signed a new long term deal with Ospreys while 27-year-old Biggar is Wales' first choice fly-half.

Hook has played at 10, centre and full-back during his career.

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"People might think I'm hell bent on playing at 10 but a lot of my rugby has been played away from 10 in the centre or full-back," Hook told BBC Wales' Scrum V Radio.

"It's a case of me going back, being able to help the Ospreys out and the same time playing myself."

"At 31, I feel really fit and strong and I want to, not just go to the Ospreys and get my feet up and get the cigars out, I want to help them win titles and be competitive."

Hook left Ospreys in 2011 for French side Perpignan, where he spent three years before moving to English Premiership club Gloucester in 2014.

The British and Irish Lion says he is used to a new generation of players breaking through from his time with Gloucester.

Dan Biggar and James Hook
Dan Biggar and James Hook played in the Ospreys side which won the Magners League Grand Final in 2010

"I enjoyed trying to pass my experience and help up here. I enjoy the fact I can come home and try and help these young boys at Ospreys develop," Hook added.

Hook has won 81 caps for Wales, with his most recent appearance against South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat by South Africa.

He says Wales' new expansive style of play will need time to bed in and hopes it will be more effective in the Six Nations.

Wales were criticised for their poor performances despite winning three of their four autumn internationals.

"It will take a bit of time but at least they're trying," Hook added.

"Hopefully we'll see a bit more of a difference in the Six Nations.

"Everyone wants to play that type of rugby and watch it. We've got coaches in Wales have been there since 2008 and they've been banging one drum and now we're trying to tell them to go off in a different way.

"It's quite hard for the players to adapt because they've been listening to messages for years from coaches and now trying to tell them to change, things can get mixed up a little bit."

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