MATT HODGSON RETAINS SPOT IN WALLABIES SQUAD

Western Force captain Matt Hodgson has been chosen in the 32-man Wallabies squad for the 2014 Rugby Championship.

The squad, minus those players participating in the Super Rugby Final, will assemble on Sunday August 3 to begin the Qantas Wallabies’ week-long Bush2Bledisloe regional road trip across Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst and Penrith.

Members of the Qantas Wallabies squad taking part in the Super Rugby Final will join the team in Bathurst on Wednesday 6 August.

Part of The Fordham Company management stable for all of his senior rugby career, Hodgson was a member of the Wallabies squad for the recent three match Test series against France.

His continued recognition by Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie has resulted from his outstanding form in the 2014 Super Rugby competition.

As the Western Force skipper, Hodgson led the side to its finest ever performance in Super Rugby, winning a record nine games to seriously challenge for a semi-final berth.

The Wallabies squad, captained by open-side flanker Michael Hooper, boasts a combined total of 781 Test appearances and includes players from all five Super Rugby provinces – NSW Waratahs (11), ACT Brumbies (11), Queensland Reds (4), Western Force (4) and the Melbourne Rebels (2).

The Qantas Wallabies squad for the 2014 Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship is:

Player

State

Age

Test Caps

PROP

Ben Alexander

ACT Brumbies

29

62

Pek Cowan

Western Force

28

7

Sekope Kepu

NSW Waratahs

28

41

Scott Sio

ACT Brumbies

22

5

James Slipper

Queensland Reds

25

52

HOOKER

Nathan Charles

Western Force

25

2

James Hanson

Queensland Reds

25

1

Tatafu Polota-Nau

NSW Waratahs

28

49

LOCK

Sam Carter

ACT Brumbies

24

1

James Horwill

Queensland Reds

29

51

Rob Simmons

Queensland Reds

25

40

Will Skelton

NSW Waratahs

22

1

BACKROW

Scott Fardy

ACT Brumbies

30

13

Scott Higginbotham

Melbourne Rebels

27

24

Matt Hodgson

Western Force

33

6

Michael Hooper (c)

NSW Waratahs

22

31

Ben McCalman

Western Force

26

32

Wycliff Palu

NSW Waratahs

31

51

SCRUMHALF

Luke Burgess

Melbourne Rebels

30

37

Nick Phipps

NSW Waratahs

25

17

Nic White

ACT Brumbies

24

13

FLYHALF

Kurtley Beale

NSW Waratahs

25

42

Bernard Foley

NSW Waratahs

24

7

CENTRE

Tevita Kuridrani

ACT Brumbies

23

11

Christian Leali’ifano

ACT Brumbies

26

13

Matt Toomua

ACT Brumbies

24

13

BACK-THREE

Adam Ashley-Cooper

NSW Waratahs

30

94

Henry Speight

ACT Brumbies

26

Uncapped

Israel Folau

NSW Waratahs

25

18

Rob Horne

NSW Waratahs

24

16

Pat McCabe

ACT Brumbies

26

22

Joe Tomane

ACT Brumbies

24

9

 Matt Hodgson is exclusively managed by The Fordham Company.

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