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1st March 2021, 09:46 | englandrl

England Watch | NRL

England Watch | NRL

Josh Hodgson returns in NRL Trials

A host of England Internationals returned to action this weekend as part of the NRL Trial fixtures, with the most notable being Canberra Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson who missed the majority of the 2020 NRL season through injury.

Hodgson suffered a ruptured ACL back in July but was back out on the field this past weekend for the Raiders in a 20-26 defeat to Sydney Roosters at Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan.

Fellow England Internationals Ryan Sutton, George Williams and Elliott Whitehead all featured with Williams notching two conversions. English youngster Harry Rushton came on from the interchange bench for the Raiders. 

Elsewhere, there was another try for England Academy centre Dom Young, making it two tries in two outings since signing for Newcastle Knights. Young’s try served only as a 78th minute consolation in a 30-10 defeat to NRL Premiers Melboure Storm in Albury.

Tom Burgess and his South Sydney Rabbitohs retained the Charity Shield making it nine consecutive victories in the annual fixture against St George Illawarra Dragons.

Burgess made 121 metres from 15 carries, with 59 of those metres coming post-contact. The prop-forward spent the second half on the sidelines but it didn’t halt the Rabbitohs who ran out 16-48 victors at Glen Willow Oval in Mudgee. 

The 2021 NRL season begins on Thursday 11th March as NRL Premiers Melbourne Storm welcome Burgess’ South Sydney Rabbitohs. 

Young and fellow Englishman Bailey Hodgson will be hoping to feature on Friday 12th March as the Knights face Luke Thompson’s Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Herbie Farnworth’s Brisbane Broncos host Parramatta Eels also on 12th March.

Canberra’s English contingent return to NRL action on Sunday 14th March at home to Wests Tigers with Hodgson, Rushton, Sutton, Whitehead and Williams all in contention.