Perth - Western Force captain Matt Hodgson
has been ruled out of the first two months of the Super Rugby season.
The flanker tore his hamstring during his
side's 38-19 pre-season win against the Asia Pacific Dragons at the weekend.
According to Sanzarrugby.com, Hodgson
underwent scans over the weekend, confirming a serious hamstring strain that
will see him miss a significant portion of the season.
He is expected to return after the Force’s
bye in Round 8.
“This is obviously disappointing for
‘Hodgo’ but we’ll take a conservative approach with his rehab to ensure he
doesn’t re-injure,” said Force head coach Michael Foley.
“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 Force open their Super Rugby campaign away to the defending champion Waratahs in Sydney on Sunday, February 15.