Dallas jackals signed Ned Hodson for the 2022 Major League Rugby season. The 27-year-old center/fullback/wing (28 in March) is 6’1″ and 210 lbs.
Ned played 632 minutes in 12 matches, starting 8, and scored one try for Austin Gilgronis in the 2021 season. He also played with the Austin Elite in the inaugural MLR season, playing 418 minutes in 7 matches, starting 4 times at fullback and outside center.
Since then, Ned returned to play with Cork Constitution, while pursuing screenwriting and acting.
Ned is from Oxford, England, and spent much of his youth and adulthood in Ireland. He attended Midleton College where he played rugby. He also played with Munster A Schools and would progress through Munster Rugby to play for the U18s, 19s, and U20s, Munster A, as well as the 7s team.
In 2014 he played in the Limerick World Club 7s and attended the Ireland 7s Training Camp in 2017. He went on to play with Munster 7s in the 2017 Rugby Europe Grand Prix.
Ned played rugby for Unversity College Cork and then joined Cork Constitution in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League, which he played prior to playing with Austin Elite in 2018 and rejoined them following that season.
In 2019 Ned turned to another love, attending Met Filmschool, and appeared in The Cannon Street Cannibals that year.
Aspirations Off The Pitch
Off the pitch, Ned Hodson aspires to be a screenwriter. In his two seasons back home in the UK, Hodson attended film school and picked up acting gigs whenever possible. The Irishman even has a fully written screenplay under his belt. “Movies are really important to me, and ideally I’d like to move into that field; I’m going to continue to pursue on-set opportunities in Austin wherever I can because I know Austin has a really robust acting community -so yea… give me plug to anyone that can put me on,” Hodson laughs.
Dallas Jackals Comments
The Dallas Jackals are happy to announce Ned Hodson has signed with the Jackals! Hodson, who is U.S. qualified, has two years of MLR experience with Austin Gilgronis and looks forward to continuing in the MLR in Dallas.
Elaine Vassie, Jackals GM, “Ned has a really nicely rounded skill set that aligns with his desire to be a multi-faceted attacking threat. I’m excited to see him able to express himself in the center for us next season!”
While in Dallas, Hodson hopes to go to the rodeo and try out line dancing. On the pitch, he looks to be an integral part of the team saying, “I am most excited to play for the Jackals to do my best to help build an organization from the ground up.”
Hodson continued, “I hope to bring the lessons I’ve learned over the course of my career and hopefully my experience will be valuable to some of the young lads.”
Welcome to the Pack Ned!