Hodgson ruled out for Wallabies
July 22, 2010
Western Force flanker Ben McCalman is now in line for his international debut © Getty Images
Australia coach Robbie Deans has been forced into a late change ahead of his side's Tri-Nations clash with South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday.
Western Force flanker Matt Hodgson has been ruled out of the Suncorp Stadium clash after suffering a groin strain during training on Tuesday that is set to sideline him for a week. Hodgson had been set to start on the bench against the Springboks but his place has now been taken by his Force team-mate Ben McCalman who is now in line for his international debut.
"Matt did it (the injury) very late running in Tuesday's session," commented Deans. "Benny's got a good handle on what's required and he doesn't want for any willingness
Australia: A Ashley Cooper (Brumbies); J O'Connor (Western Force), R Horne (NSW Waratahs), M Giteau (Brumbies), D Mitchell (NSW Waratahs); Q Cooper (Reds), W Genia (Reds); B Robinson (NSW Waratahs), S Faingaa (Reds), S Ma'afu (Brumbies), D Mumm (NSW Waratahs), N Sharpe (Western Force), R Elsom (Brumbies, capt), D Pocock (Western Force), R Brown (Western Force)
Replacements: S Moore (Brumbies), J Slipper (Reds), R Simmons (Reds), B McCalman(Western Force), L Burgess (NSW Waratahs), B Barnes (NSW Waratahs), K Beale (NSW Waratahs)