UKFast celebrate with British Lion Charlie Hodgson
Article date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 18:48 GMTUKFast were in Manchester's Albert Square to celebrate with Charlie Hodgson earlier today just moments after he received news of his call up to the British Lions tour of New Zealand this summer. Charlie and Sale Shark team mates Jason Robinson and Andy Titterrell were lending their support to the Sweet Chariot RFU Roadshow, which is broadcasting from the Square today and tomorrow. The three Sharks along with Andrew Sheridan were picked for the side. Charlie expressed some relief at the news. "I've always kept hope for this tournament and over the last 6 weeks with the six nations there have been a lot of highs and lows for me. A fair bit of criticism has come my way and I've taken it in and looked towards the positives. All in all, I'm delighted to have been chosen for the lions squad." Charlie sees his role in the squad as more than just a kicker. "If you ask me how I think I performed as an attacking fly half in the six nations then I am very pleased with my game and I know where my key strengths lie. The work now is to improve the kicking should I need to fulfil that function in New Zealand." As Charlie's official sponsor Lawrence Jones was thrilled for the fly half. "It's so lovely to be involved with a talent like Charlie when he is potentially at the peak of his career. All season he has shown the signs of a world class fly half and this call up cements his position within the UK's rugby elite." Jones spoke with Charlie's manager Richard Wilks about the disappointment for Mark Cueto this time around. "It's a bitter sweet announcement for me," said Richard. "We have two fantastic players in our stable and naturally, we are over the moon with Charlie's selection, but Mark has performed consistently well for England and the Sharks and I feel he has been overlooked on this occasion." Jones, who used to play Rugby at Altrincham Kersel with Mark Cueto agrees. Cueto is a massively gifted player and the team will lack a little magic on the left wing without him."
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