News | Rugby League
26 May 2017 4:14
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Olympic Games
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby League

    Hodgson named stand-in Raiders NRL captain

    Star hooker Josh Hodgson will take over the Raiders captaincy while regular skipper Jarrod Croker recovers from a knee injury.

    - article from www.rugbyleague.co.nz

    When Josh Hodgson made the decision to leave England for the Australian capital, he never considered he would be leading the side onto the field.

    Now after two years with the Raiders, the 27-year-old has been named stand-in captain with regular skipper Jarrod Croker not expected to play until at least round five after dislocating his kneecap during the NRL All Stars match.

    Despite being a co-captain at his former club Hull, Hodgson never stopped to consider taking the job at Canberra.

    "I didn't think that much into it," Hodgson said.

    "I just wanted to come here and be settled and really find a home here.

    "Once you find a home and you're happy in your life outside of footy you tend to be playing your best as well."

    Happiness translated into scintillating form in 2016, with Hodgson emerging as one of the game's best players and sharing the Meninga Medal (Canberra's best and fairest) with Josh Papalii.

    "Last year was a good year for me but that's been and gone," Hodgson said.

    "I want to improve as a player and especially as a leader on the field to help us do the best we can do."

    While captaining the side didn't enter his mind, he knew his leadership skills would be called upon when he made the switch to the NRL.

    "I think that's something the club needed at that time," Hodgson said.

    "There was me and Sia (Soliola) and Austo (Blake Austin) coming in.

    "It was very important they had a few strong characters in the group in terms of doing the right things off the field as well."

    Coach Ricky Stuart said Hodgson was a fierce competitor whose rapid rise had been a welcome surprise.

    "For us to make him captain of the club while Jarrod's out is a great honour for him," Stuart said.


    NZN




    © 2017 NZN, NZCity


     Other Rugby League News
     25 May: NRL preview panel for round 12
     25 May: Devastated Thurston's Origin swansong blow
     25 May: Eels' star to play despite hospital scare
     24 May: Benji feels for dumped Bronco Nikorima
     24 May: Halves hold Blues' key to Suncorp success
     24 May: No chop for sub-par Warriors, yet
     24 May: Boyd reluctant to share GI's progress
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Rebels' Hodge in for Crusaders rugby clash More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Chorus increases bank facility More...



     Today's News

    International:
    Manchester attack: UK authorities investigating Abedi's possible links to radical Islamist groups 21:57

    Rugby:
    Rebels' Hodge in for Crusaders rugby clash 21:57

    Entertainment:
    Kevin Hart wants to run against Dwayne Johnson at the 2020 US election 21:37

    Rugby League:
    NRL preview panel for round 12 21:17

    Entertainment:
    Nicole Kidman keeps her family and working lives "separate" 21:07

    International:
    How Schapelle Corby the cover girl was born 21:07

    Entertainment:
    Naomi Watts has "good days and bad days" since splitting from Liev Schreiber 20:37

    Entertainment:
    Katy Perry will be paid $25 million to judge 'American Idol' 20:07

    Entertainment:
    Jessica Simpson's husband Eric Johnson has "never" seen her perform 19:37

    Entertainment:
    Kevin Bacon "didn't have enough coke" to pick up women at Studio 54 19:07


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd