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Hodgson named Force's new Super Rugby captain

Matt Hodgson will captain the Western Force in 2013

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Article Published: Friday 25 January 2013|

Western Force coach Michael Foley has announced that Matt Hodgson will take over from Nathan Sharpe and David Pocock as the team's new Super Rugby captain.

Sharpe captained the Force for six years but after a record 162 Super Rugby appearances he retired and last year's captain Pocock has moved to the Brumbies.

Foley says that Hodgson is well placed to lead the side and he will be assisted by Toby Lynn, Pek Cowan and Sam Wykes in leadership roles.

The new coach added that Pat Dellit, Richard Brown and 20-year-old flyhalf Kyle Godwin have been entrusted with keeping standards high.

"It could easily be seen to be a lot of chiefs and not a lot of Indians," Foley told AAP.

"But what we do have is one captain, and everyone else just takes care of business and keeps each other accountable to the highest standards."

Foley also revealed that he has kept in touch with Sharpe regularly in recent months and has predicted that the former captain would return to the Force at some point to help out.

"We don't have a long history, but we have some extremely supportive ex-players," Foley said.

"David Pusey is a guy who is doing a lot behind the scenes. Scott Staniforth is another one.

"A lot of other provincial teams in Australia have ex-players who like to stand at a distance and take pot shots. We've got very supportive ex-players.

"I think Sharpey undoubtedly will fall into that group of guys that will be supportive in different ways."

Meanwhile the the Force have also announced that they will travel to Darwin to take on the Brumbies before returning to host a Tongan Select XV in Mandurah in their two pre-season fixtures next month.

The two pre-season fixtures will provide the public's first opportunity to see the Western Force's new-look line-up in action under the tutelage of the squad's new coaching staff ahead of the 2013 Super Rugby season.

The Western Australian side will head to the Northern Territory to face the Brumbies on Friday, 1 February " the second successive year in which the two sides have squared off in a pre-season match in 'the top end'.

The Western Force will then return to Perth to take on a Tongan Select XV on Friday, 8 February at Meadow Springs Sporting Ground " home of the Mandurah Pirates.

The visiting side will be made up of non-contracted Tongan-eligible players from Australia, New Zealand and Tonga.

Western Force Pre-Season Fixtures

1. Friday, 1 February:
Brumbies v Western Force
Marrara Rugby Oval, Darwin.
Kick-off: 7.30pm

2.Friday, 8 February:
Western Force v Tonga Select XV
Meadow Springs Sporting Ground, Meadow Springs.
Kick-off: 7pm

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