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    New skipper Matt Hodgson primed to lead Western Force

    WESTERN Force coach Michael Foley is confident new skipper Matt Hodgson and his army of lieutenants will be able to fill the leadership void left by Nathan Sharpe and David Pocock.

    Champion lock Sharpe, who captained the Force during their first six years, retired at the end of last season after notching a record 162 Super Rugby appearances.

    The Force were dealt a further blow when last year's skipper Pocock defected to the Brumbies.

    Sharpe and Pocock have been the heartbeat of the Force since the franchise's inception in 2006, but Foley said Hodgson was well placed to take on the skipper's role.

    And the 31-year-old flanker will receive help in the leadership department from a big group of players eager to guide the Force to a successful future.

    Toby Lynn, Pek Cowan and Sam Wykes are among the players who have stepped up their leadership duties, while Pat Dellit, Richard Brown and 20-year-old flyhalf Kyle Godwin are others who will be entrusted with keeping standards high.



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

    "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 said selflessness and honesty were two of Hodgson's greatest attributes.

    "Those two things together just give him enormous respect within the team," Foley said.

    "We're very fortunate to have him leading us."

    Foley has spoken to Sharpe regularly in recent months and predicted the Wallabies great 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."

    The new-look Force will get their first taste of action together when they take on the Brumbies in Darwin on February 1, before returning to WA to take on a Tongan Select XV in Mandurah on February 8.

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    Go Hodgo! Big boots to fill after Sharpie but I know he will do an awesome job

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    the trouble is that there will be no guarantee that he will be in the starting 15!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokendown gunfighter View Post
    the trouble is that there will be no guarantee that he will be in the starting 15!
    I'd say he'll make sure that he is tbh
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    He just needs to bulk up again - he's lost so much weight after his operations

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    Matt Hodgson doesn't need to bulk up the man is massive probably one of the best in terms of size in the EWF

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterM View Post
    Matt Hodgson doesn't need to bulk up the man is massive probably one of the best in terms of size in the EWF
    When I saw him yesterday he looked incredibly strong and fit. Said he was tired, but heck they'd been training full on for the previous 5 hours!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokendown gunfighter View Post
    the trouble is that there will be no guarantee that he will be in the starting 15!
    I watched them train on Monday and from what I saw there I can assure you Hodgo will be starting at 7. Brown will be at 8 Lynn will be at Lock Manu will be a starting prop unless someone else pulls finger.

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    I will check all this out in Darwin

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    Hodgson will step out of Pocock's shadow and make the wallabies. Pocock was gioven credit for half of Hodgsons pilfers and turnovers. Hodgson has massive ones and a big motor.

    Still a very strong backrow and with McMinimum at 6 we have some mongrel and go forward.

    2013........home final

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokendown gunfighter View Post
    I will check all this out in Darwin
    as if. You'll be comatosed

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    Quote Originally Posted by theforceguy View Post
    I watched them train on Monday and from what I saw there I can assure you Hodgo will be starting at 7. Brown will be at 8 Lynn will be at Lock Manu will be a starting prop unless someone else pulls finger.
    Would be happy to see Manu starting. Bring the angry to the side. A couple of weeks to go. God I want to see the Rebels smashed. Greetings all for 2013.

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