Sedbergh School and Newcastle Falcons academy product Josh Hodge has been playing rugby since he was nine but it’s far from his only sporting talent.
The full back, who has been with the Falcons since October 2016, is also a talented decathlete and finished fifth in the U19s at the national championships in 2017.
As well as participating in ten athletic events, Josh was also asked to train with the Great Britain U21 Development squad in double trap clay pigeon shooting at the age of just 15.
Josh, who was born in Lancaster, started playing rugby at Sedbergh Junior School and went on to win numerous tournaments and trophies at the school.
In 2017, the first XV won the Daily Mail Trophy and Josh was Player of the Tournament at the Sedbergh Super 10s – one of his proudest rugby achievements to date.
Having played for England U18s at the Six Nations festival, he scored on his U20 debut against Ireland in the Six Nations, also crossing against the Junior Springboks in April.
Growing up, Josh’s rugby hero was World Cup winning fly half Jonny Wilkinson though he also admires New Zealand full back/fly half Damian McKenzie.
The Land of the Long White Cloud is Josh’s favourite holiday destination while the Manchester United fan enjoys the music of Macklemore and FIFA is his pick of computer games.
U20 International record
2019: Ire (1try), Fra, Wal, Ita, Sco (R), SA (1try)
Last updated: 13 May 2019