Monday 16 January 2017

George Hook: 'This is the worst game plan I have ever seen'

Published 13/02/2016 | 11:58

George Hook has pointed the finger of blame at Joe Schmidt's style of play following Ireland's Six Nations defeat to France in Paris today.

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Ireland went down 10-9 in a bruising encounter and, speaking on Independent.ie's live stream, Hook suggested that Schmidt's tactics are too one dimensional.

"The problem for this Ireland team is that this coach has ready made excuses. We lost to Argentina because of injuries, we lost to Wales because of injuries and now we lost to France," said Hook.

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"It is the worst game plan I have ever seen. I have doubts about this coach and always have. The question must now be asked – are the Irish public prepared to put up with watching rugby like that?"

Hook has been very outspoken in his belief that Johnny Sexton should retire from the game following a succession of head injuries. Sexton was withdrawn following a knock again today after 69 minutes and Hook has called on the number 10 to take time out.

"I will be so angry is Sexton plays (next week). He should go away and rest. Johnny Sexton should talk to his wife and parents."

Before today's match kicked off, Hook also aired his concerns over Sexton.

"Within an hour after the Wales match ending Joe Schmidt said Johnny Sexton would be fit for the France match. Joe Schmidt is a coach not a doctor so how did he know," said Hook.

"During the week, Richie Murphy came out and said Sexton had a shoulder injury. Johnny Sexton came out himself at the end of the week and said he received a bang to the head which had compressed his neck – and he is playing six days after that.

"Was a neurological assessment carried out? There will be serious shit if he comes off today with a head injury in my opinion."

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