Hod­son signs up for Lon­don Welsh

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Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

HILLINGDON-BORN Josh Hod­son has signed for Lon­don Welsh, ahead of the new Cham­pi­onship sea­son, writes Hay­ley Fox.

The ex-Wales Un­der 18 in­ter­na­tional (pic­tured) pre­vi­ously played for Llan­dovery RFC but his sea­son was re­stricted to just three ap­pear­ances and a de­but try af­ter he was in­jured in a car ac­ci­dent.

Mak­ing a full re­cov­ery, Hod­son re­turned to the Elite 7s scene and trained with Wales Un­der 20s and is now ready to make his mark at Lon­don Welsh.

Hod­son, 19, trained with Lon­don Welsh for a few months last sea­son, af­ter be­ing rec­om­mended by Iestyn Thomas, his coach at Llan­dovery Col­lege, who he played un­der for two years.

Lon­don Welsh di­rec­tor of rugby Steve Lewis said: “He is big, pow­er­ful and quick and we saw enough in him to re­alise that there was sub­stan­tial un­tapped tal­ent.”

Coached by for­mer Lon­don Welsh full back Gareth James at St John’s School, in Nor­wood, Hod­son moved to Wat­ford Gram­mar School for boys where he was in­tro­duced to the Welsh Ex­iles, earn­ing him a schol­ar­ship at Llan­dovery Col­lege.

Fol­low­ing his suc­cess at Llan­dovery Col­lege and play­ing for New­port Gwent Dragons, Hod­son, whose grand­fa­ther comes from Ban­gor, was in­vited to train with the Wales De­vel­op­ment 7s.

Hod­son also rep­re­sented The Welsh Char­i­ta­bles in the GB 7s and at Ge­mau Cymru, an event for young Welsh ath­letes, which they won.

This vic­tory led to a con­tract with Llan­dovery RFC, af­ter also rep­re­sent­ing Wales U18s in South Africa, prior to start­ing his stud­ies at The Univer­sity of South Wales.

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