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George Hook (born 19 May 1941) is an Irishmarker journalist and broadcaster. He had a career as a rugby union coach and businessman, before becoming a rugby pundit with Irish television station RTÉmarker. He hosts The Right Hook on an Irish nationwide radio station Newstalk and appeared as a coach on RTÉ's reality TV show, Celebrity Bainisteoir.

Hook grew up in Corkmarker and attended Presentation Brothers College, a fee-paying school and rugby union stronghold. Subsequently he attended Rathmines College of Commerce.

Hook has had a number of jobs, beginning as a temporary clerk for CIÉ, and later becoming a travelling salesman for the Burroughs Corporation (now Unisys). He also ran a catering business for over twenty years. He coached London Irish, Connacht, and St. Benildus College, as well as the American National Team in the 1987 Rugby World Cup.

Hook's radio show on Newstalk 106 'The Right Hook' is a popular evening drive-time programme. Hook appears as a rugby pundit on RTÉmarker on a regular basis and appeared as a judge on RTEmarker celebrity dancing show 'Jigs & Reels'. He has also been parodied in The State of Us.

In 2005, he published an autobiography, "Time Added On".

Bibliography

  • Hook, George Time Added On, Penguin Ireland, 2005, ISBN 1-84488-076-1


Quotes

George has made some notable quotes as part of his rugby union punditry on RTÉmarker:

2009 Six Nations:
"My predictions for this match [Ireland vs France] make Gethsemanimarker look like Butlins."
"If this was the Italian Premier league there would be an investigation in the refereeing."
"If they say 'We knew Italy would be hard to beat', I'll vomit on my Jaffa Cakes."
"France haven't been beaten like that since Hitler marched down the Champs-Élyséesmarker."


2008 Six Nations:
"Eddie O'Sullivan is the Edith Piaf of Rugby."
"If Eddie O'Sullivan had retreated to the Führerbunker, World War 2 would still be going on."


Notes

  1. "Still in its start-up phase, with George Hook as its biggest draw" - The Sunday Business Post reports on Denis O'Brien's radio station.


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