Plenty of Cov coverage in The Rugby Paper again this week, a sure sign that the club’s progress is continuing to create national interest as it looks to strengthen its position in the second tier of English rugby.
Cov were also represented heavily in the paper’s weekly ‘Dream Team’ feature in which a player is selected to pick his own team made up of the best players he has either played against, or alongside.
In Sunday’s edition it was the turn of former Cov favourite, Cliffie Hodgson, now playing his rugby at Birmingham Moseley but formerly of Broadstreet, Rotherham and, of course, Coventry where he spent 5 very successful seasons from 2012-2017
It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that Cliffie would select a number of Cov players.
6 in total.
So during those 5 years, who impressed him most at Cov?
Who would he want in his dream team..?
No real surprises, I guess.
Good to see Will Hurrell get the nod, in fairness I wouldn’t have remembered that Cliffie’s spell at Cov overlapped that of Will’s.
And Rob Knox appeared in Phil Boulton’s dream team in the same paper not so long ago, with both he and Cliffie emphasising just how much potential Rob has.
Interesting comments about both Andy Brown and Tom Poole, too – both might well have featured heavily in Rowland Winter’s Championship squads if not for work commitments in Andy B’s case and injury in Tom P’s.
Anyway. just thought I’d include this in the blog as not everyone has access to The Rugby Paper.
It’s always interesting to see how players view their peers; I do wonder if this has been a topic of conversation amongst those Cov players who featured alongside Cliffie at Cov!
Cliffie’s playing stats speak for themselves.
When he was fit and playing at his best, his kicking was as good as anyone’s and several years on I can still recall several games where he won us the game with his boot. The Rugby Paper describe him as a ‘utility back’, which indeed he was in the latter stages of his time with Cov, but I always felt he was at his best at 15 or 10 and with 31 tries to his name, he was a real threat in attack too.
The clip from YouTube below, from 2015, is a well worth a watch.
Nothing like a bit of nostalgia…