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Top scorer Hodgson hits a new Aviva Premiership Rugby milestone

Top scorer Hodgson hits a new Aviva Premiership Rugby milestone

A sweep of the right boot is a familiar sight when it comes to Charlie Hodgson but one kick at the London Double Header was more memorable than most after Aviva Premiership Rugby’s highest-ever points scorer reached the 2,500 landmark.

Saracens fly-half Hodgson, already more than 250 points ahead in the all-time rankings of the recently-retired Andy Goode, converted Chris Ashton’s second try in the 52nd minute to bring up the milestone.

His 18-point haul in the 48-18 victory over Worcester Warriors took him to 2,504 in total and there should be many more to come before he hangs up his boots to become Saracens’ head of recruitment at the end of the season.

In any case, the 35-year-old’s record is not likely to be beaten for a long while, with Hodgson and Goode (2,228) the only players to have surpassed 2,000 points, Hodgson also breaking that barrier in the London Double Header, back in 2012 against London Irish.

"I'll celebrate the milestone when I finish playing. It's just one of those things, kicking is one of my jobs on the field and because I've been around for such a long time that total has got bigger and bigger,” said Hodgson, who spent 11 years in Aviva Premiership Rugby with Sale before joining Saracens in 2011.

Olly Barkley, who is currently playing in the Championship with London Welsh, is the third-highest scorer with 1,605 after starring for Bath Rugby for more than a decade.

The man in fourth place – Jonny Wilkinson – needs no introduction, and the England legend would likely have scored far more than 1,489 points if not for a rotten run of injuries with Newcastle Falcons.

The highest other active player on the list is Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans – he is set to surpass Wilkinson this year with a 1,472 points to his name, and has started the season superbly with 84 already.

In sixth is Northampton Saints man Stephen Myler (1,345), who at 31 years of age is likely to have a few more years yet in which to greatly improve on his record.

The next three are all-bunched up – long time London Irish man Barry Everitt (1,267), Leicester Tigers full-back Tim Stimpson (1,243) and Paul Grayson (1,238), who racked up his points with Saints.

Rounding out the top ten is Glen Jackson, the former Saracens fly-half needing just six seasons to amass 1,192 points in Aviva Premiership Rugby.
 

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