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Last Updated: Friday, 12 January 2007, 17:02 GMT
Hodgson mulls short league stint
Charlie Hodgson receives treatment on the Twickenham pitch
Hodgson was injured shortly before the break against South Africa
England fly-half Charlie Hodgson could switch codes this summer in a bid to get fit for the Rugby World Cup.

Sale's Hodgson was ruled out for the season after suffering cruciate ligament damage in the autumn Tests.

He is likely to be back in July but will need matches to regain fitness ahead of September's tournament.

"I'll need some games and getting those would mean going overseas or playing some rugby league for a month," he told

Hodgson and Sale team-mate Jason White, the Scotland captain, both returned to the gym earlier this month to begin their rehabilitation following reconstructive knee surgery.

"Jason is about a week ahead of me in recovery and we've spoken about the question of finding a few summer matches," said Hodgson.

We've said if [Hodgson] wants to come down and do some training with us, that would be fine

Warrington owner Simon Moran

"I need something like that if I am to give myself the best possible shot at being in contention for the World Cup.

"I am thinking of all the options but everything depends on how the rehab goes. I realise it will be no easy task to get into the World Cup squad because I know how long it took me after a similar operation on the left knee."

England fly half Hodgson missed out on a World Cup winner's medal in 2003 after sustaining the same injury on his opposite knee.

Warrington Wolves are one of the league sides that might take on the Sale pair but owner Simon Moran admitted they were unlikely to appear in Super League.

"I don't see the value of Charlie playing just one or two games," Moran told Mirror Sport. "And I can't see Charlie wanting to risk aggravating his injury before the World Cup.

"However, we've said if he wants to come down and do some training with us, that would be fine. I'm sure it would benefit him."



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