- 26 Age
- 94kg Weight
- 191cm Height
A prodigious kicker of the rugby ball, Reece Hodge has proven to be an invaluable member of the Wallabies during his two seasons with the national team. Educated at the Manly Selective High School, Hodge went on to represent his country at schoolboy and U20 levels however injury cruelled much of those opportunities. Hodge recovered from the setbacks to be snapped up by the Melbourne Rebels for the 2016 season. Hodge starred for the Victorian franchise in Super Rugby and it was no surprise when he was drafted into the national squad later that same year. He was named in his first match day squad during the Rugby Championships and made his debut against New Zealand in Wellington. In his first three years of Test rugby Hodge’s versatility has come to the fore with caps earned in every backline position bar fullback and halfback.
Hodge won his first Test cap off the bench when he replaced Adam Ashley-Cooper on the wing against New Zealand in the 2nd Test at Wellington. He picked up his first run-on XV cap when chosen on the left wing against South Africa in Brisbane. Hodge ended the season with 10 Test caps, five of which were won as a starting inside centre.
Hodge played off the bench in the each of the opening five Tests before he secured selection on the left wing for eight of the year’s final nine Tests. He nailed a monster penalty goal from 55 metres out in the final minutes of the 3rd Test against New Zealand in Brisbane to seal a Wallaby victory over the World Champions for just the second time since the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Hodge then started his first international at fly half against Japan in Yokohama. He assumed the kicking duties in that match and duly converted all nine Wallaby tries in what was a flawless place kicking display.
Hodge played in each of the first nine Tests, the last six of which were as the starting outside centre, before he fractured his right ankle in a non-contact training accident. As a result Hodge was unavailable for both the final Bledisloe Test and the entire Spring Tour.