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Western Force re-sign Hodgson

By Justin Chadwick 19/01/2009 02:44:05 PM Comments (0)

Australia A flanker Matt Hodgson has signed a two-year contract extension with the Western Force, tying him to the Super 14 franchise until the end of 2011.

The 27-year-old played in all three backrow positions for the Force last season.

He earned 10 caps in 2008 and notched his maiden try in the 22-21 win over the Chiefs at Subiaco Oval.

Hodgson, a foundation squad member of the Force, has tallied 30 Super 14 appearances for the Perth-based franchise since crossing from the Waratahs, where he failed to earn a cap.

"The first three seasons have been terrific for my rugby and I have really enjoyed myself," Hodgson said.

"We've got a really good squad and we've got fantastic support here.

"I've been here since year one and we've obviously been improving as a side and are looking to take things to the next level and play in the finals.

"I think that's very much in our reach this season and if we can retain our squad and build on what we've achieved I can see a very bright future at the club."

Western Force general manager of rugby Mitch Hardy said Hodgson had the potential to advance to Wallabies ranks.

"He has represented Australia at just about every level except the Wallabies," Hardy said.

That is the stage he aspires to, and he is definitely capable of reaching.

"Matt has proven to be a great contributor to the group in the three seasons that he has been here, including being an outstanding leader on our UK tour in August."

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