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Hodgson back for the Force’s clash with Reds

Matt Hodgson comes back into the Force starting Super Rugby side

Western Force Super Rugby head coach Dave Wessels has included club legend Matt Hodgson in a much changed team to play the Reds in Brisbane.

Matt Hodgson comes into the starting line up at seven and wears the captains armband again.

Francois van Wyk and Heath Tessmann return to the starting front row as Pek Cowan and Tatafu Polota-Nau are set to provide impact off the bench.

Up and coming lock Matt Philip comes into the starting second row, after a strong showing off the bench last week.

Michael Ruru will start at scrumhalf after an impressive performance last week in his return from an ankle injury suffered in Round Nine against the Kings.

Future Force Foundation Member James Verity-Amm will start on the right wing, while Marcel Brache will marshal the troops from fullback in his return from concussion.

Mitchell Short and Luke Burton have been included on the bench.

Western Force Head Coach Dave Wessels says this match is huge in the context of the Australian conference and his men are up for the challenge.

“We were very disappointed with our performance against the Highlanders and irrespective of who we are playing it’s important that we respond with the same intensity that has been evident for the majority of our season so far.”

Western Force

1. Francois van Wyk , 2. Heath Tessmann , 3. Jermaine Ainsley , 4. Matt Philip , 5. Adam Coleman , 6. Ross Haylett-Petty , 7. Matt Hodgson (C) , 8. Isireli Naisarani , 9. Michael Ruru , 10. Peter Grant , 11. Alex Newsome , 12. Bill Meakes , 13. Curtis Rona , 14. James Verity-Amm , 15. Marcel Brache

Replacements : 16. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 17. Pek Cowan , 18. Tetera Faulkner , 19. Richie Arnold , 20. Richard Hardwick , 21. Mitchell Short , 22. Luke Burton , 23. Luke Morahan