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Hodgson starts for the Force against Waratahs

Western Force legend and retiring great Matt Hodgson will start in his famous No.7 jersey against the Waratahs in his final appearance for the Western Force at the Force Field

Hanging up his boots at the end of the season, Hodgson will earn his 140th Super Rugby cap for the Western Australian club having earned his first in the club’s inaugural match against the Brumbies back in 2006.

In further changes to the side, Tetera Faulkner comes into the starting XV at tighthead prop while Marcel Brache will start on the wing having returned from international duties with the USA Eagles.

In the reserves, Anaru Rangi and Shambeckler Vui come into the 23 while scrumhalf Ian Prior is in line to earn his 50th cap for the Western Force when he enters the fray.

Coach Dave Wessels says the team is determined to finish the season strong and send Hodgson out on a winning note.

“Saturday’s game will be special for both ‘Hodgo’ and the club. 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.”

Western Force

Pek Cowan , Tatafu Polota-Nau , Tetera Faulkner , Matt Philip , Adam Coleman , Ross Haylett-Petty , Matt Hodgson (C) , Isi Naisarani , Michael Ruru , Peter Grant , Alex Newsome , Bill Meakes , Curtis Rona , Marcel Brache , Dane Haylett-Petty ,

Replacements : 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