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Saturday, 22 June, 2002, 23:05 GMT 00:05 UK
Hodgson ready for No.10 role?
Sale fly-half Charlie Hodgson is one of many England players to have staked a claim for a place in the team for the Autumn internationals.
Sale fly-half Charlie Hodgson is one of many England players to have staked a claim for a place in the team for the Autumn internationals.

But is he ready to step into Wilkinson's boots?


This debate is now closed.

England's inexperienced players produced a stunning second half performance to complete a famous victory in Argentina.

Clive Woodward's side trailed 12-3 at the interval but scored the only two tries of the match in the second period.

Hodgson's kicking and passing game ensured England kept control behind the scrum - but it was one of many impressive performances.

Phil Christophers marked his international debut with well taken try, while the back-row trio of Sanderson, Moody and Worsley tackled anything that moved.

Who do you think was the star of England's win?


Jonny Wilkinson is the best fly-half on the planet by a very long way. End of story.
Tim Green, England

Jonny and Charlie are both great players but Jonny clearly leads just now. If Jonny is injured though, we do not want Charlie coming in to an important match without match-based familiarity with the team.

For that reason they should share the shirt, although Jonny is the senior partner. Such a happy problem for England will be within Clive Woodward's man-management skills.
John, England


With the high number of games played now, Woodward would be wise to rotate the number ten shirt
Dave, England
I don't think that Charlie is quite the player that Jonny is yet, but he is not far behind. What worries me is the pressure put on these young players to live up to a country's expectations. I fully expect Charlie to be up there soon, but he needs to be nurtured rather than pushed into the limelight.

As a loyal supporter of English rugby for many years, may I say how nice it is to have two, maybe three world class number tens fighting for a position.
Martin Hall, England

I would try to accommodate them both with Wilkinson at ten and Hodgson at twelve, not the other way round. Johnny's kicking and defence are better, and Hodgson's worth is in his invention and running, which the current midfield is lacking.
Matt, England

With the high number of games played now, Woodward would be wise to rotate the number ten shirt to give both a good run out before the World Cup without risking burnout.
Dave, England


Jonny is far superior. His kicking, defence and leadership are inspirational to the England team
Anna, Somerset, England
Being a Newcastle Falcon supporter, I could be classed as bias! Jonny is nearly the finished article - but even according to him he'll never reach perfection (but then who does). I don't watch Charlie week in week out for Sale but I do Jonny - However early I get to the ground he's always there training and training.

He is prepared to put the work in to be at his best and although Charlie is excellent he'll never outplay Jonny... not by a long shot. It's been said many times before that JW is the world's greatest fly-half. Charlie can be waiting in the wings should something happen to this kicking, running, attacking god.
Sarah, England

Jonny is far superior. His kicking, defence and leadership are inspirational to the England team. Some may say that he isn't a strong runner, but as the autumn tests and 6 nations showed, he has worked really hard at it and can now wrong foot the world's best defences. Charlie will have to wait.
Anna, Somerset, England

The issue is not whether Hodgson should replace Wilkinson, so much as 'does Hodgson have enough experience in the top flight to be effective in a life or death match at the World Cup?' They are both talented, but remember Wilkinson has yet to suggest he is consistently as excellent abroad as at home. It would make sense to give Hodgson 40 minutes in the November tests.
Adam, UK


Although I have much admiration for both Charlie Hodgson's and Jonny Wilkinson's ability, I believe that Wilkinson is closer to becoming the finished article
Graeme, England
Hodgson brought a lot into the match, but can't displace Wilkinson. He is a true legend - one of the best England players in a long time
Lynsey, England

The great win over Argentina proved how far England have come over the last four years. They would not have been shamed by any side in the world with what was essentially a second/third team. There is great strength in depth in all positions. The highlight for me was the pack and in particular the back row.

It is a credit not only to the structure England have, but to the clubs who are working very hard on developing good young players who have confidence to play in the toughest arenas. We will be World Champions next year, no doubt in my mind.
Dave, England

Although I have much admiration for both Charlie Hodgson's and Jonny Wilkinson's ability, I believe that Wilkinson is closer to becoming the finished article. At present he is too consistently good to drop anywhere.
Graeme, England


I see no reason why they cannot share the shirt
Andy, England
The difference between the two is work rate. Jonny works so much harder on all aspects of his game. This is evident from the dramatic improvement in his running game. I think that as he has concentrated on the fly-half position England should keep him there for whatever time he peaks. Wilkinson is a proven giant of the game whereas Hodgson has merely had a good season.
Ashley, Northern Ireland

Both players are top class fly-halves. I see no reason why they cannot share the shirt. Top players play too many games, and there are enough to keep both going. We need to keep improving our centres, not replace them with fly-halves, and I fear for Johny's shoulders when he plays centre.
Andy, England

Wilkinson should not play at 12. I do not know why people are suggesting it. Hodgson would be better there. He is a very good attacking player. As a Wasps fan, he caused much upset in the Premiership play-offs by cutting Wasps to pieces. Wilkinson is not so aggressive. However it is Wilkinson's leadership and vision that make him such an outstanding player. He is still the best fly-half in the world and would make it on to any team. Is Hodgson really better than Mehrtens or Larkham?
James, UK

Jonny is the best fly-half in the world! Charlie has no chance.
James, England

It's simple, he is good enough and he should wear an England shirt. We made room for Mike Catt because he was worth it and we need to do the same for Charlie at number 10 - he is a great passer of the ball.
Neil, England


It's always good to have a right and left footer on a team
Rachel, England
England have the best two fly-halves in the world. Wilkinson is the better out the two but Hodgson will soon replace him. So at least we won't have to worry when Wilkinson gets injured!
Stephen, Northampton, England

Before Charlie becomes England's first choice fly-half, he needs to become stronger in defence. When that happens, it is clear who should wear the 10 shirt, as his ability to break the line and set up quick attacking rugby will suit England's backs better than Wilkinson's style of play.
Adrian, England

Even if Wilkinson moves to centre he will still have the kicking to do. Fly-half is Charlie's only position so Clive should take into interest the variety of positions the two can play. It's always good to have a right and left footer on a team
Rachel, England

Johnny Wilkinson is still too good for Charlie Hodgson to be chosen. He has proven himself better at internationals at under pressure. He is still a safe choice to make. Charlie will have to wait for an injury.
Liz, England

Wilkinson's kicking game and defence are legendary, however Hodgson is still the more evasive runner and seems also to have a flatter and faster long pass, something of great importance for an England side which likes to hit backs in the wide spaces from long cut-out passes.


Wilkinson's kicking game and defence are legendary
Tim, Cambridge
10 and 12 right and left footers seems a perfect compromise.
Tim, Cambridge

Hodgson is getting to the stage where he is on Jonny's heels. It gives Clive a real selection challenge but it's good to have two top class kickers.
Kathryn Ross, England

This is one of those victories that it's difficult to overstate the importance of. I rate it as every bit as significant as a grand slam against the Tri-Nations in the coming autumn series. Congratulations to Woodward and the whole team!
David, Sweden

Hodgson is really good, but he won't displace Jonny unless Jonny is injured. It's a shame as he is fantastic. It would be interesting to see Charlie Hodgson play at 10 and Johnny Wilkinson at 12.

Gomarsall was a fantastic scrum-half and has to be first choice for the autumn ahead of Mouthy Dawson and Kyran Broken.
Ben, UK

Wilkinson is the best fly-half that we have produced, and it would be certainly premature to talk of dropping, or shifting to centre, our best player.
Andy, England


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