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Charlie Hodgson: ‘Rugby union is unrecognisable from when I started’

The former England fly-half, now coaching at London Irish, fears the physical demands on young players may be too great with more matches being played

As one of English rugby’s sharpest brains, not to mention finest playmakers, it is a great shame that Charlie Hodgson does not intend to take the plunge into full-time coaching. Perhaps it is fitting he is in no rush considering he fell into that category of player for whom time on the ball was always in abundance, but certainly for now he is content dipping his toe in the water.

London Irish are the beneficiaries, after he left the scouting position Saracens had in effect created for him last season for family reasons, and Hodgson is at peace with his peripheral role as part-time kicking coach. That is, apart from the 5.30am car journeys from St Albans to Sunbury he shares with the larger-than-life Petrus du Plessis.

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