James Hook is set to sign for Perpignan while Lee Byrne, Craig Mitchell and Tommy Bowe have all been linked to other clubs. It’s disappointing to lose such Welsh talent but is it really that bad? There have been unconfirmed reports that one of Wales’ esteemed sports journalists is being head hunted by Rupert Murdoch to join one of his news media organisations. The effect I believe on Welsh rugby would be cataclysmic.
The Paper who already have a 40 year plan to replace him when he retires had a crisis meeting yesterday. Thomson House said last night that it did not rule out asking the Welsh Assembly to provide the funding to keep him in Wales. Some may argue this is extreme but these are the type of nutjobs who think that a maul lives under the garden. They like to fill their time writing to ‘Points of View’ to complain about the amount of sport on TV and must therefore be ignored at all costs.
The paper was the first to notice that James Hook had been playing out of position for the Ospreys and Wales. Coaches such as Clive Woodward, Ian McGeechan and Warren Gatland somehow rate Stephen Jones very highly and keep picking him for Lions tours. Even more dramatically he even gets the nod for the test matches. The paper hints at a conspiracy which allows the double grand slam winning and former French League player of the season to be picked above others when you might ask, what has he done?
The ability to see the trees and the wood and the bark for the leaves is typical of this type of sports journalist. The paper which currently holds the record for the use of the words ‘superb’ and ‘mesmerising’ in one article was the first to coin the tag ‘galacticos’ when referring to Real Madrid. The journalist in question last night said “what people don’t realise is if I had been a few inches taller I would have been as good as James Hook, a few more inches and pounds then I would have been up there with Jerry Collins”.
The journalist, who lives in a bedsit above the Top Gun chip shop in Whitchurch cannot be named for legal reasons.