Sunday 17 February 2019

George Hook: I will never watch the RTE rugby panel after I retire

George Hook
George Hook

Declan Whooley

Rugby pundit George Hook says he will never watch the RTE rugby panel after he retires from television punditry this weekend.

The journalist and broadcaster also says that he may not even watch rugby itself after becoming disillusioned with the way the modern game.

This weekend will be his final time on our television screens for a Six Nations match, with presenter Tom McGurk also bowing out, but Hook says he has no intentions of watching the panel discussion from the comforts of his home post-retirement.

"One thing, without a shred of BS, I will never watch the rugby panel, honestly," he told Pat Kenny on Newstalk today. "I never watched myself. I'm very comfortable about that.

"Everybody is saying 'You will miss it' and I won't. I won't have any difficulty at all. It's time to go.

"I don't want to be nailed to the seat."

Hook revealed last month that he has reversed his radio retirement plans, but there will be no repeat with regards to his television retirement and is very content with his decision.

"The key thing about making a decision, if after making the decision you start to regret it, then it's a pretty bad decision.

"I made the decision two years ago and I went to the Head of Sport in RTE and I said 'Look, I want to go after the World Cup'.

"We miscalculated that of course (RTE do not have the television rights for the World Cup).

The broadcaster also added that he may not watch any games of rugby as it has changed completely from the game he knew and love.

"The way the game is going I honestly question whether I'll watch the game."

"It's not an attractive game to watch now."

Hook will retire from his Newstalk programme 'The Right Hook' in October next year.

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