W.Force lose captain Hodgson for 10 weeks




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The Western Force have suffered a heavy blow for the start of their Super Rugby
campaign as captain Matt Hodgson will miss the next ten weeks of rugby.

Hodgson suffered a hamstring injury in the team’s 38-19 win over the
Asia Pacific Dragons in Perth on Saturday.

The Force captain underwent scans over the weekend, confirming a hamstring
strain that will see him miss the opening rounds of the competition and he is
only expected back after the Force’s bye in Week Eight.

“This is obviously disappointing for ‘Hodgo’ but we’ll
take a conservative approach with his rehab to ensure he doesn’t re-injure,”
Head Coach, Michael Foley said.

“In Matt’s absence, we have a number of quality back-rowers capable
of stepping up, including Chris Alcock, Brynard Stander and Kane Koteka.

“With regard to the leadership of the squad, we have a Standards Group
that will continue to provide a lead, and a captain will be appointed in due
course from within that group.”

The Western Force Standards Group consists of Hodgson, Pek Cowan, Patrick Dellit,
Kyle Godwin, Alby Mathewson, Ben McCalman, Luke Morahan and Sam Wykes

The Force will kick off its 2015 Super Rugby season against the NSW Waratahs
in Sydney on Sunday, 15 February.

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