Matt Hodgson

Kurtley Beale, David Pocock, Matt Hodgson and Luke Burgess prove why NRC is needed

Georgina Robinson It is the best 45-second justification of why, after a rushed and difficult labour, the National Rugby Championship will kick off in Brisbane on Thursday night.

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Matt Hodgson wins Western Force top rugby award

Western Force's Matt Hodgson capped off a great season with the win.

Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson capped off an outstanding Super Rugby season by winning the franchise's Nathan Sharpe Medal.

Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson set for Super ton

Matt Hodgson of the Western Force.

There was a time when Western Force captain Matt Hodgson thought he would never get the chance to play a single game of Super Rugby.

Matt Hodgson sparks Force to 29-19 Super Rugby win over Lions

Brad Elborough Two Matt Hodgson tries have sparked the Western Force to a 10-point win over the Lions in their Super Rugby contest in Perth.

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Western Force captain Matt Hodgson readies for Richie McCaw

Raring to go: Matt Hodgson.

For Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson, there'll be more than just team glory on the line during Friday night's crunch Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Kyle Godwin ready for return

Kyle Godwin is set to press his case for a Wallabies call-up.

Justin Chadwick Rising rugby star Kyle Godwin has put his Wallabies dream on hold for the time being as he focuses on his latest return from injury.

Force's Morahan back from hamstring injury

Speedster: Luke Morahan will play for Perth Spirit this weekend.

Justin Chadwick Western Force winger Luke Morahan is confident he has lost none of his explosive speed as he gears up for his return from a frustrating hamstring injury.

Tatafu Polota-Nau rushed back for Wallabies

Tatafu Polota-Nau

The Wallabies have included injured hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau in their 30-man squad for their Rugby Championship Tests against South Africa and Argentina.

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Ewen McKenzie hails James Horwill's response as forwards scrap for World Cup spots

Positive response: Former Wallabies captain James Horwill.

Rupert Guinness In three years James Horwill has gone from being feted as the Wallabies captain for the 2011 World Cup to a player dropped from the 23-man squad for the Bledisloe Cup.

Union

Brumbies winger Henry Speight included in Wallabies squad

Speight

Chris Dutton ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight has been included in the Wallabies squad for the Rugby Championships, despite the Fijian-born winger not being available for selection until September 11.

Henry Speight named in Wallabies squad for Rugby Championship

New Wallaby: Brumbies flyer Henry Speight.

Georgina Robinson Rampaging Brumbies winger Henry Speight is the only new name in the Wallabies squad to play in the Rugby Championship next month. 

Rugby

Kurtley Beale in running to play five-eighth for Wallabies

Option for Wallaby 10 ... Kurtley Beale

Georgina Robinson Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie says he sees "no reason" why Kurtley Beale cannot nab the coveted Wallabies No.10 jersey from NSW teammate Bernard Foley in the coming Rugby Championship. 

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A dozen of the best: Super Rugby's star players

Matt Burke dinkus

Matthew Burke With just one match of the Super Rugby season remaining, who have been the standout players for the year?

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Union

Former Brumbies halves out to clinch Western Force finals spot

Ian Prior will be out to haunt his former side on Friday night.

Two former Brumbies will spearhead the Western Force's bid to make the finals for the first time in the Perth-based club's history.

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Brumbies v Western Force

Raring to go: Matt Hodgson.

GIO Stadium, Canberra, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)

Force v Blues

nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 9.45pm (AEST)

Rugby

Western Force flogged by Auckland Blues

Western wobbles: Sam Wykes tries to make a break for the Force against the Blues.

A stunning opening assault from the Auckland Blues powered them to a 40-14 win over the Western Force in their Super 15 clash in Perth on Saturday night.

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Force v Reds

nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)

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New Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper has the respect of his older teammates

Michael Hooper showed in Brisbane that he was capable of taking the captaincy duties in his stride.

Georgina Robinson Michael Hooper is the second youngest player in the Wallabies and their new captain, but the squad back him to lead from the front.

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Force v Bulls

nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)