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Steve Thompson's guide to hooking
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Steve Thompson


Hookers have to be extremely fit as you're expected to be very mobile around the pitch.

Some people are naturally fit but unfortunately, I'm not one of those people!

I've been lucky I've been blessed with my size, but it means I'm battling the fat all the time trying to keep my weight down.

Steve Thompson in action druing an England training session
Hookers need to be very fit

I have to really work hard on my fitness, but it's paying off.

I'm now more mobile around the pitch and I've even found myself at fly-half on occasions, but Will Greenwood keeps telling me off when I end up there!

I used to be a loose forward, but my former coach at Northampton, Ian McGeechan, suggested I should move to the front row a few years ago.

I played prop for a while, but that seemed too much hard work for me.

Playing hooker is the best of both worlds.

I'm right in the middle of the scrum, but I can also run around all over the place like a loose forward.


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Steve Thompson facts
Date of Birth: 15 July 1978
Place of Birth: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Height: 6ft in
Weight: 18st 7lbs
Club: Northampton Saints
Position: Hooker
England debut: 2 Feb 2002 against Scotland



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