Englands Josh Hodgson makes a pass during their Rugby League World Cup quarter-final match between England and Papua New Guinea in Melbourne on November 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mal Fairclough / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read MAL FAIRCLOUGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Josh Hodgson to be sidelined for nine months

England hooker Josh Hodgson has been ruled out of the Rugby League World Cup final with a knee injury and is likely to miss the bulk of the 2018 NRL season with Canberra.

Hodgson only last week inked a new four-year deal with the Raiders to take him through to the end of the 2022 season.

The English team released a short statement confirming the injury.

Read the statement below:

England hooker Josh Hodgson has today been ruled out of playing in the Rugby League World Cup final on Saturday, December 2.

Hodgson injured his knee during the semi-final victory over Tonga at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday.

An MRI scan the following day (Sunday, November 26) revealed he had suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Hodgson will now return to Canberra for a specialist review with a view to operate.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Need Austin and Sezer to really step up now…a good opportunity for Garvey to show us what he can do though. Has Baptist moved on or is he staying? Anyone know?

  2. It’s really slack that Canberra cannot use his money on the salary cap to buy another player, his injury was from rep football so why should Canberra be penalised, insurance will pay his wage i’d imagine, that would be the only benefit.

    • You mean like Souths with Inglis in 2017 when he only played in round 1 and then only on 2 good legs for 80 mins?

      I have argued before the NRL should have an Injured Reserve (IR) list just like in the NFL. Then that player could be transferred to IR and their contract value on the salary cap freed up to bring in a “free agent”.

      • The nrl has to do something about this.If a player is out for certain amount of time surely the club should be able to get some type of salary cap concession

      • Yeah it’s a tricky one SSTID i believe that clubs should be able to bring in replacement players if any are available, perhaps an internal draft at some point throughout the season may work, to win the comp clubs do need to be fortunate that not many injuries occur but their should be a better system.

      • It’s an idea worthy of thought, but like everything else the league has introduced for the right reason (13 import rule, salary cap etc) it will simply get rorted. Injuries are just part and parcel of the game – just suck it up and get on with it I say.

  3. 1. Jack Wighton (Nick Cotric)
    2. Nick Cotric (Kato Ottio)
    3. Jarrod Croker
    4. Joseph Leilua
    5. Jordan Rapana
    6. Blake Austin (Sam Williams)
    7. Aidan Sezer (Sam Williams)
    8. Junior Paulo
    9. Siliva Havili*/Craig Garvey
    10. Shannon Boyd
    11. Josh Papali’i
    12. Joseph Tapine
    13. Elliot Whitehead

    14. Kurt Baptiste
    15. Iosia Soliola
    16. Charlie Gubb
    17. Luke Bateman

    Should have a go at Siliva Havili… He was great for Tonga at the World Cup – better yet he is off contract and will be cheapish

    • “I won’t post after this so knock yourself out.”

      So hypothetically of course, we could all take (or make) the p….ss and you won’t respond? (Sorry, that shouldn’t be a question mark as that would imply a response to the question).

      Cook is obviously not needed at hooker, given you’ve still got Farah, but he could probably slot into a 2RF role, allowing you to release Crichton to the Roosters, but that would still leave the problem in your halves, given Reynolds struggles playing there, so Sutton could take that role, with Reynolds to FB, and Inglis to centre, and Gaigi to the bench. You have to agree Inglis at centre would reduce his workload and the chance of injury, or better yet, he could go to the bench? (Sorry, no question mark).

      SSTID, we’ve almost sorted it. I know you can’t respond, but I sense you’re nodding and saying something like, Mighty, that’s why we had the Bunnies jersey waiting for down the rabbit hole.

  4. Referring to my previous post…..

    The very second I seen Hodgo go down against Tonga I put both of my hands on my face because I could tell it was a big long term injury. Otherwise Hodgo wouldn’t walk off the paddock. That English fella is tough as nails (I.e running through walls in university dorms tough).

    Fairdinkum Sticky would be filthy. Just when we let frenchie Baptiste go Hodgo gets injured. The green machine rely on his kicky game and versatility to get us on the front foot in games.

    I agree with the comments above, the NRL amongst many many logical changes to the game needs a draft system or a injury compensation system that cannot be manipulated. At the least have a SL loan system. I don’t understand why the toughest and roughest game in the world does not have compensation steams in place to protect long term contracted players with loaned fringe players as replacements. Don’t employers in the real world have indemnity for setbacks. Ah yes they do! So why should a NRL club be any different. Afterall it is now all a business isn’t it 😂😂😂
    It’s time like this we could have benefited by having Baptiste remain on our books or be able to return.

    Hate to admit it but it’s going to be tough for the green machine to improve on 2017. At least have a good start to 2017. Hate to admit it but we rely on Hodgo a tad too much. We really do need a marquee half (no not Mitchell Pearce) now in our ranks or at the least a marquee full back.

    Here’s to hoping like always we prove the critics and doubters wrong in 2018 without Hodgo.

    #Greenmachine won’t get the spoon!

  5. Edit and corrected post…..

    Referring to my previous post…..

    The very second I seen Hodgo go down against Tonga I put both of my hands on my face because I could tell it was a big long term injury. Otherwise Hodgo wouldn’t walk off the paddock. That English fella is tough as nails (I.e running through walls in university dorms tough).

    Fairdinkum Sticky would be filthy. Just when we let frenchie Baptiste go Hodgo gets injured. The green machine rely on his kicking game and versatility to get us on the front foot in games.

    I agree with the comments above, the NRL amongst many many logical changes (needed to made to the game) needs a draft system or a injury compensation system that cannot be manipulated. At the least have a SL loan system. I don’t understand why the toughest and roughest game in the world does not have compensation steams in place to protect long term contracted players with loaned fringe players as replacements. Don’t employers in the real world have indemnity for setbacks. Ah yes they do! So why should a NRL club be any different. Afterall it is now all a business isn’t it 😂😂😂
    It’s time like this we could have benefited by having Baptiste remain on our books or be able to return.

    Hate to admit it but it’s going to be tough for the green machine to improve on 2017. At least have a good start to 2018 . Hate to admit it but we rely on Hodgo a tad too much. We really do need a marquee half (no not Mitchell Pearce) now in our ranks or at the least a marquee full back. That way they will be able to steady the ship and bring structure to our notorious dumb clueless game!

    Here’s to hoping like always we prove the critics and doubters wrong in 2018 without Hodgo.

    #Greenmachine won’t get the spoon!

  6. I agree with the comments above about the issue of lengthy injuries, but I’m not sure of the solution.

    On one hand you could argue you have a squad of 30 players, and that’s why. I could also argue where do you get another player from mid season even if you get salary cap relief, without potentially causing mayhem, unless it’s another junior from your club, which doesn’t do much for the actual issue.

    Maybe, and it’s just a thought, players that have recently retired (regardless of club) could be brought back to cover certain injuries, as long as there are very stringent rules, and obviously still remaining under the cap. (Someone like Parker for example).

    As for this instance, this is the worst, when the injury is during a rep game. That said, and as much as the Raiders will miss Hodgson, I think Garvey will do OK.

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