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All Black prop eligible for Wallabies switch after signing deal with Reds

By Kim Ekin
(Photo by Michael Bradley/Getty Images)

The Queensland Reds have secured not one but two All Black props for next season one two-year deals.

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Former Blues prop Alex Hodgman, 27, and ex-Hurricane Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 32, will head to Ballymore in 2024 and for Hodgman the possibility exists of wearing green and gold in the very near future.

Hodgman’s father was born in Australia, making him eligible, and he will become an Australian-based player once he joins the Reds.

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In November his international stand down period will end after being last capped by the All Blacks in 2020 in a Bledisloe Cup clash against the Wallabies.

The prospect of wearing the Wallabies jersey is one Hodgman said he’d ‘love to take’ if the opportunity arose.

“I don’t want to talk about it too much,” Hodgman told Stuff.co.nz.

“I’m always pushing to be the best that I can be, so if things fall in place and there’s an opportunity to play, I’d definitely love to take it.

“[For now] It’s just how do I get to the Reds, how do I do my best there, how do I grow, how do I get the most out of that environment, that’s it.

“One step at a time for me”.

After losing key front depth with Wallabies star Taniela Tupou moving to Melbourne to join the Reds, the pair of ex-All Blacks helps bolster the tight five for incoming coach Les Kiss.

Kiss said in a statement: “We’re pleased to welcome two props of the calibre of Alex and Jeffery to our squad.

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“Both bring experience at the highest level and will strengthen our tight five on-and-off the field.

“There’s been a strong culture of care and connection built at Ballymore over the past few years. After talking to both Alex and Jeff, they both have a team-first mentality and will only bolster these values over the next two seasons.

“In addition, having a player of Alex’s ability qualifying for Wallaby selection in 2024 is great for Australian Rugby.”

 

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Pecos 335 days ago

Oh, wondered what happened to these two guys. Long time no see. Good solid players at SR level. Quickly dumped by ABs.

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Jmann 335 days ago

Utterly absurd

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William 2 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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