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Diamond pays tribute to Hodgson

Charlie Hodgson was labelled "world class" after the fly-half reached a notable milestone in orchestrating Sale's 36-31 bonus-point victory over Gloucester.

Hodgson, who will join Saracens at the end of the season after 11 years at Sale, went into the match having amassed 999 points at Edgeley Park. He passed the 1,000 mark with a 21-point haul which included a superb try as Steve Diamond's men condemned the high-flying Cherry and Whites to only their third defeat of 2011.

"Hodgson's a world-class player isn't he?" said Diamond, Sale's executive director of sport. "He wanted to be captain, which was great, and it was a fantastic performance from him. He's bright, he sees things that other players don't and he will be sadly missed."

Hodgson, 30, made the decision to quit Sale and join Saracens before Diamond returned to the club to take up his current role earlier in the campaign.

"Charlie is a top lad and I've no hard feelings with him going," said Diamond.

"I wished he'd stay but he made the decision to go before I arrived and I wish him all the best.

"We will find a replacement for him and we will have a highly competitive squad next year, even without Charlie Hodgson."


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