Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Hodgson commits to Wallabies

Matt Hodgson

Western Force flanker Matt Hodgson has become the 15th player to re-sign with the Australian Rugby Union after agreeing a deal that will see him remain in Perth for at least two more years.

The 29-year-old has been the Force's player of the year for the last two seasons and was handed his first Wallabies cap against Fiji in Canberra last year. He then went on to appear against England, New Zealand and Italy before the end of 2010.

And Hodgson, who follows in the wake of club-mates Ben McCalman and Nathan Sharpe by agreeing a new deal, admitted the chance to gain more experience at Test level was a key factor in his decision, saying: "Getting the taste of Test rugby last year was great."

He added: "Playing for my country was certainly something that I had always wanted to achieve. Hopefully there will be more opportunity [for me] in the future as well.

"The way the team finished last year and the excitement of this year being such a big one in rugby is fantastic. The group can achieve great things. I definitely want to be part of that for as long as possible.

"There is a great mix in the squad and I really enjoy playing my football with all of the guys. Having a number of boys in the back row at the Force and in the national side together is great. We all work together well and hopefully can continue to improve playing alongside of each other."

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