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Wallaby Reece Hodge off to France after World Cup

NEWS: Reece Hodge, the experienced Wallaby utility back, is set to join French Top 14 club Bayonne after the World Cup.

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Hodge, who has 62 test caps for Australia, signed a three-year deal with the French side.

Hodge made his debut for the Melbourne Rebels in 2016 is a verstalite back who has spent time in almost every backline position.

He featured in all but one of last year’s Rugby Championship matches and started at inside centre against Wales in axed coach Dave Rennie’s last game in charge.

Due to his versatility Hodge is expected to play a role in Australia’s World Cup campaign later this year in France under new coach Eddie Jones.

Bayonne club president Philippe Tayeb said 28-year-old Hodge was a world-class player.

“He comes to expand our squad,” Tayeb told French television Canal+.

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“He is a world-class player and he comes above all for his versatility and to support and grow our project and the young people of our club.”

His former Rebels teammate Michael Ruru is also at the French club.

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