Duncan Hodge

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Duncan Hodge
Birth name Duncan William Hodge
Date of birth (1974-08-18) 18 August 1974 (age 43)
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
Position(s) Fly-half
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Leeds Tykes
Correct as of 2012-12-14
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1997–2002 Scotland 26 (123)
Correct as of 2012-12-14
Teams coached
Years Team

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 under-21 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 two appearances in the 1999 World Cup.[1] He scored 123 points in total for the national side that included six tries, 15 conversions, 20 penalties and one 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.


Duncan Hodge travelled to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand as the Scotland squad kicking coach,[5] and during the 2015 Rugby World Cup he acted as the Attack Coach. After the World Cup, he joined Edinburgh Rugby.


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