Hodgkinson made his debut against Romania in Bucharest in 1989 and was part of the side which completed the Grand Slam at the 1991 Five Nations Championship, kicking 60 points in four matches (a record at the time). He still jointly holds the record for the most penalties converted in a Five Nations/Six Nations match with the seven he successfully converted in the 25-6 victory over Wales in Cardiff. He also played in one match at the 1991 Rugby World Cup held in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France against the United States. Hodgkinson scored 203 points in his 14 appearances, with a sole try coming against Argentina in Buenos Aires on tour in 1990.
Simon Hodgkinson married farmers daughter Fiona Radley (Fiona Hodgkinson) in Southwell Minister on 23 August 1992. Their first child Olivia Hodgkinson was born on the 15th November 1994, and later followed their second and last daughter Anna Victoria Hodgkinson on 25 August 1998. Both children attended Wellow House Prep School in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire and at the age of 13 to 18 they both attended Oundle School, Northamptonshire.
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