Hodgson skipper in Force farewell

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by Beth Newman

Matt Hodgson will captain the Force in his final career game, against the Waratahs, on Saturday night.

Hodgson, who was kept on ice last week, will make his comeback from a calf injury for the match, which will be his final Super Rugby game and also possibly the Force's last in the competition as Super Rugby limbo drags on.

The flanker is one of four changes to the matchday 23, with hooker Anaru Rangi, prop Shambeckler Vui and winger Marcel Brache all coming into the team to face NSW.

Force coach Dave Wessels said the side was determined to give Hodgson a positive farewell.

“Saturday’s game will be special for both ‘Hodgo’ and the club," he said.

"He’s given everything to the cause over a long career and we hope the Sea of Blue will help us give him the send-off he deserves.”

Reserve halfback Ian Prior is also set to notch his 50th cap, coming off the bench.

The Force host the Waratahs on Saturday, kicking off at 5:45pm AWST, 7:45pm AEST LIVE on FOX SPORTS and via RUGBY.com.au RADIO.


IN: Marcel Brache, Shambeckler Vui, Anaru Rangi, Matt Hodgson

OUT: Brynard Stander, Chance Peni (suspended), Heath Tessmann, Jermaine Ainsley

Force team to face Waratahs

1. Pek Cowan

2. Tatafu Polota-Nau

3. Tetera Faulkner

4. Matt Philip

5. Adam Coleman

6. Ross Haylett-Petty

7. Matt Hodgson (C)

8. Isi Naisarani

9. Michael Ruru

10. Peter Grant

11. Alex Newsome

12. Bill Meakes

13. Curtis Rona

14. Marcel Brache

15. Dane Haylett-Petty


16. Anaru Rangi

17. Francois van Wyk

18. Shambeckler Vui

19. Lewis Carmichael

20. Richard Hardwick

21. Ian Prior

22. Jono Lance

23. James Verity-Amm