Josh Hodgson of the Raiders celebrates a try.
Josh Hodgson of the Raiders celebrates a try.

‘PB on one leg’: Injured Raiders’ incredible record

IT'S unheard of. Who sets a pre-season testing personal best while injured?

And not just with any old injury but an ACL.

Josh Hodgson underwent a knee reconstruction late last year after tearing his ACL while representing England in the World Cup yet phenomenally, the Canberra rake has defied all logic since returning to the training pitch.

Unable to take part in the pre-season testing in November due to World Cup commitments, he missed the January phase of testing too.

Instead the hooker took part in his 1.2km time trial this week.

His results were stunning.

Still part of the Raiders' rehab group, Hodgson completed the run in four minutes and four seconds.

Josh Hodgson will start in the No.9 jersey. Picture Kym Smith
Josh Hodgson will start in the No.9 jersey. Picture Kym Smith

"That was a new personal best for me," Hodgson said.

 

"I got a PB on one leg so I don't know what's happening there.

"It's been going really good, that's probably because I can't really do much pace and change of direction stuff yet.

"I've done a little bit yesterday which went well but it's little moments like that (time trial) that gives you a big moral boost."

If Canberra needs any extra motivation to burst out of the gates to start their season, they only need look to Hodgson.

A consummate professional, Hodgson has been on top of his rehab but don't expect to see him back on the field earlier than expected.

At this stage he's pencilled to return around late July/early August.

Josh Hodgson of England passes the ball.
Josh Hodgson of England passes the ball.

"If you do it again, it's minimum 12 months the next time," he said.

"For the sake of pushing it two or three weeks early, if you do it again they don't even look at bringing you back for another 12 months.

"This is one of those things you literally can't rush no matter how good you are."

With Hodgson sidelined, the Raiders will carry three halves into their season opener with the Gold Coast this weekend.

New recruit Siliva Havili has been named to start at hooker with Blake Austin playing the role of impact man from the bench.

A Tongan international, the 25-year-old had a disrupted 2017 but hopeful of getting his career on track with a fresh start in the nation's capital.

"He'll do his job and he'll do it well," Hodgson said of former Dragon Havili.

"I don't think anyone should really expect him to be really flash and put too much pressure on him. He's going to do a really good job for us and build into the role. It's a new team for him and he's in a starting jumper and he's going to punch out as many minutes as he can.

"He's really strong and has great skills, and really good vision."



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