Hook operation confirmed

Ospreys Physio Chris Towers has confirmed that James Hook will undergo surgery to his injured shoulder at the end of the season, ruling him out of Wales' end of season tour to New Zealand.

Hook picked up the injury playing for the Ospreys in the Christmas derby against the Scarlets, but has been able to continue playing since then. However, as Towers explains, the need for an operation means the best option is for Hook to stay at home this summer to undergo surgery.

He said:

"James’ condition hasn’t stopped him from playing, but is shoulder isn’t quite right. He can’t train fully in the gym and the operation will correct this. After taking specialist advice and discussing the issue with the WRU, it was agreed that the best course of treatment was for him to undergo surgery after the final game of the season, allowing him the summer to recover ahead of the new season.”