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RFU Podcast - Scrum half Hodgson facing familiar foe

12 November 2009

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London Irish scrum half Paul Hodgson, who makes his first England start against Argentina, maintains possession against Australia

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Paul Hodgson makes his first England start against a familiar opponent in the Investec Challenge international against Argentina on Saturday.

The London Irish scrum half lines up against clubmate Alfredo Lalanne at Twickenham as England set out to improve on last weekend's 18-9 defeat against Australia.

"He's a great mate of mine, we room together on away trips and he's a very good player," Hodgson tells this week's podcast.

"The competition for places at London Irish is one of the reasons the club does so well and it's a challenge I'm relishing. I'm very excited, honoured to be selected and I can't wait for the game."

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We also hear from England Team Manager Martin Johnson on why he believes "big improvements can be made very quickly" in the team's performance and from two relative front row rookies on the international stage.

Duncan Bell (Bath Rugby) reflects on what it means to be back in the side more than three years after appearing against Scotland in the 2005 RBS 6 Nations and Gloucester Rugby's Paul Doran-Jones is keen to seize his chance after being called into the squad last Sunday.

England's women's team get their season under way against world champions New Zealand at Esher this weekend.

Presenter Simon Ward watches the team prepare for the first Test and hears from head coach Gary Street as well as the Wasps pair of scrum half La Toya Mason and lock Jo McGilchrist.

England play the Black Ferns at Molesey Road on Saturday (4pm), England A take on the tourists at the same venue on Tuesday, November 17 (7pm) vand the second Test is at Twickenham on November 21, a 4.45pm kick-off after the conclusion of the Investec Challenge international.