Inaugural player Matt Hodgson enters his 12th season with the club and the Sea of Blue can expect the same hardnosed approach from the openside flanker that they have home to know and love for the last 11 years. The six-time capped Wallaby played 11 matches for the Road Safety Western Force last season before his season was ended by a shoulder injury but he still topped the competition in tackles per game and ranked seventh in pilfers. ‘Hodgo’ has signed on for 2017 but has opted to handover the captaincy as he looks to transition into a coaching role with the club but he will no doubt still be leading by example this season.

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Stats

Games: 
131
Points: 
90
Tries: 
18
Conversions: 
0
Penalty Goals: 
0
Drop Goals: 
0
Timeline: 
2016
Plays 11 matches scoring two tries before suffering a season ending shoulder injury against the Blues in Round 13.
2015
Misses first 10 games through injury but returns to start in seven matches.
2014
Becomes the first player to play 100 matches for the Western Force against the Melbourne Rebels, scoring a try in the match; awarded man-of-the-match in the Western Force's wins over the Chiefs, Cheetahs and Lions; selected for the Wallabies' 32-man squad for the three-match Test series against France, The Rugby Championship and Spring Tour.
2013
Plays and captains 14 matches for the Western Force, scoring two tries; named Force Man for the fourth time.
2012
Plays 14 matches for the Western Force; captains the Western Force to their 42-0 midseason win over South Australian President’s XV in Adelaide; an ankle injury suffered in Week 16 against the Brumbies ends his season; named Club Captain for the 2013 season.
2011
Plays 13 matches for the Western Force; earns his first Test start against Samoa in Sydney; adds a further cap against South Africa in the Tri Nations Series; scores a try for the Australian Barbarians in their 38-14 win over Canada; called into the Wallabies’ Rugby World Cup squad to replace the injured Wycliff Palu; selected for the Wallabies’ Spring Tour, starting at openside flanker in the 60-11 win over the Barbarians in London; receives the RUPA Academic Award.
2010
Starts every match for the Western Force; becomes the third player to reach 50 matches in the 16-15 win over the Stormers in Perth; named Western Force Player of the Year and Force Man; makes his Test debut off the bench in the Wallabies’ 49-3 win over Fiji in Canberra; earns a further two caps against England and one against New Zealand; selected for both Australian Barbarians matches against England, starting in the 28-all draw in Perth and off the bench in the 15-9 loss in Gosford; selected for the Wallabies’ Spring Tour, earning a cap off the bench in the 32-14 win over Italy and starting in both tour matches against Leicester (won 26-15) and Munster (lost 15-6), named Man of Gold in both matches.
2009
Plays all 13 matches for the Wester Force; crowned the Western Force Player of the Year; makes his Wallabies debut (non-cap) in Australia’s 55-7 win over the Barbarians in Sydney but sustains a shoulder injury; selected for the Wallabies’ ‘Grand Slam’ Spring Tour, starting in the 36-5 win over Gloucester and named man of the match in the 31-3 victory over Cardiff.
2008
Plays 10 matches for the Western Force; scores his maiden Super Rugby try in the 22-21 win over the Chiefs in Perth; represents the Australian side that finishes eighth in the IRB World Sevens Series; starts for Australia A in their 20-15 win over Samoa during the Pacific Nations Cup.
2007
Plays eight matches during the Super Rugby season; receives the Force Man award for a second consecutive season.
2006
Starts at openside flanker in the Western Force’s inaugural match against the Brumbies in Perth; plays 12 matches for the Western Force; named the inaugural Force Man.
2005
Member of the 2004/05 Australian side that finishes seventh in the IRB World Sevens Series; member of the Eastwood side that finishes runner-up to Sydney University (41-5) in the Tooheys New Cup; finishes runner-up in NSW Rugby’s Ken Catchpole Medal; starts off the bench for Australia A in their 23-19 loss to the Junior All Blacks in Canberra; signs with the Western Force.
2003
Starting member of Eastwood’s Tooheys New Cup premiership-winning side that defeats Randwick 29-14 in the grand final.
2002
Represents the Australia in the IRB Under 21 World Championship, including starting at flanker in their 24-21 final loss to South Africa in Johannesburg; starting flanker for the Shute Shield-winning Eastwood team; named man-of-the-match in the premiership-winning match against Sydney University; named the SMH Player of the Year.