W.Force lose captain Hodgson for 10 weeks

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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