Matt Hodgson

Matt Hodgson joined the Western Force in its inaugural season in 2006 and has since won the club’s Player of the Year award on three occasions.The Western Force captain since 2013, Matt was selected in the 2014 Qantas Wallabies squad for the inbound France tour after a three year absence from the international recognition. This was followed with his selection in the Wallabies squad for the Rugby Championships  series against New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina and the end-of-season spring tour to the United Kingdom.With Michael Cheika coaching Australia for the first time in the opening tour match against the Barbarians at Twickenham, he turned to Hodgson to lead the Wallabies in front of 54,000 fans. In a fast-moving and high-scoring spectacle, Hodgson’s men won 40-36 to cap a memorable afternoon for the new Wallabies coach and his inspirational skipper.

Having been largely ignored by the NSW Waratahs during his time with the Sydney-based franchise, back-rower Hodgson decided to cross the Nullabor in 2006 to achieve his goal of becoming a Wallaby.

Hodgson made his debut in Wallaby Gold early in 2009 against the Barbarians in Sydney, only to disappointingly trudge off the field midway through the first half with a shoulder injury.

The former Australian Sevens captain won his first official Wallabies selection on the 2009 end-of-season tour and his excellent form in the northern hemisphere ensured his retention in the first two Wallabies squads chosen in 2010.

He earned his first Test cap in 2010 against Fiji in Canberra, a match the Wallabies won 49-3. International appearances followed in the next two years against England, Italy, New Zealand, Samoa and South Africa.

Hodgson was considered unlucky to have missed selection in the Wallabies 2011 Rugby World Club squad, but he was later added as a replacement player once the tournament started.

In March 2014, he became the first Western Force player to reach 100 games when he led his team to a crushing 32-7 win over the Melbourne Rebels at Perth’s nib Stadium.

The hard-working and industrious back-rower is contracted to the Western Force until the end of 2015.