Super Rugby Matt Hodgson: The beating heart behind the business case

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Matt Hodgson has never taken a backwards step on a rugby field. With the future of the Western Force now hanging in the balance, he refuses to take a backwards step off it, writes Scotty Stevenson. Last night, following his side’s victory over the Kings, Matt Hodgson lamented the Australian Rugby Union’s acquiescence of SANZAAR’s call to cut three teams for the Super Rugby programme. He did something else, too: he showed us the beating heart behind the business case. There is no man who has shed more blood than Hodgson for the Force. A foundation starter – he played in the club’s maiden Super Rugby game against the Brumbies in 2006 – Hodgson has pummelled himself 131 times for the cause. No player pummels himself like Matt Hodgson. Invariably he was a top-five tackler in the competition. He has been honoured as club man of the year four times. He played six games for his country.

Scotty Stevenson by Scotty Stevenson