Duncan Hodge

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Duncan Hodge
Full name Duncan William Hodge
Date of birth (1974-08-18) 18 August 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Dumfries, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 14 st 0 lb (89 kg)
School Merchiston Castle School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fly-half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Watsonians
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005-2007
2003-2005
1996-2003
Edinburgh
Leeds Tykes
Edinburgh
 ?
18
 ?
(?)
(115)
(?)
correct as of 2012-12-14.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1997-2002 Scotland 26 (123)
correct as of 2012-12-14.

Duncan Hodge (born 18 August 1974) is a Scottish former internationalist rugby union player. He gained 26 full caps for Scotland.

Playing career[edit]

Hodge was born in Dumfries, Scotland[1] and educated at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh.

As a 19 year old he was given the choice of touring Zimbabwe and South Africa with Scotland’s National Cricket team, or playing U21 national rugby and completing his university exams.. The latter was the only realistic choice for somebody who has already decided that he wanted to focus on a full-time career in sport.[2]

He played for Watsonians until the creation of the Scottish Pro sides when he was contracted to play for Edinburgh Rugby.

He played for Edinburgh Gunners twice sandwiched around a two year spell with Leeds Tykes. His second season in Leeds was ruined by injury.[3][4] where he only managed one league appearance that year.

International honours[edit]

Hodge won his first full cap as a replacement for Craig Chalmers against France in Paris in 1997, having already booked a place in Scottish rugby lore when his drop goal in the dying seconds secured Scotland A's victory over the 1994 Springboks. He has made 13 appearances for Scotland A, captaining them to their 40-35 win over Argentina in November 2001.

Hodge in total won 26 caps playing at fly-half for the Scottish rugby union side between 1997 and 2002. As well as his games in Europe he played for Scotland in tours in Australia (1998), New Zealand (2000), and North America (2002). It was on the North American tour when he played in his last full internationals against Canada in Vancouver and USA in San Francisco. He also made 2 appearances in the 1999 World Cup.[1] He scored 123 points in total for the national side that included 6 Tries, 15 Conversions, 20 Penalties and 1 Drop Goal.

His finest moment was when he converted his own try and kicked four penalties to score all of the points for Scotland in the 2000 Calcutta Cup 19 - 13 win against England.[2] This was in the inaugural season of the Six Nations at Murrayfield. The first victory for Scotland against England since 1990 and in doing so prevented England completing a 6 Nations Championship Grand Slam and also from Scotland finishing bottom of the table.

Coaching[edit]

Duncan Hodge travelled to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand as the Scotland squad kicking coach.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Duncan Hodge on Sporting Heroes
  2. ^ a b Duncan Hodge on Cricket Scotland
  3. ^ http://www.rfu.com/News/2005/April/News%20Articles/TykesHodgeHeadsHome
  4. ^ http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/4196.php
  5. ^ "Rugby World Cup 2011: Duncan Hodge blames wind not ball for misses as Paterson is set to return" The Scotsman 21 Sep 2011

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