December 18, 2019 / 7:12 AM / a month ago

Hodge extends Wallabies contract to 2023

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Australia's Reece Hodge scores a penalty against Wales on November 11, 2017 Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs/File Photo

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Utility back Reece Hodge has extended his Wallabies contract through to the 2023 World Cup in France, Rugby Australia said on Wednesday.

Hodge’s new deal means he will also stay at his Super Rugby club Melbourne Rebels through to 2023.

The 25-year-old was suspended for three group matches at the World Cup in Japan after a dangerous tackle during the opening win over Fiji. He returned on the wing in the Wallabies’ quarter-final loss to England.

“Playing in a Rugby World Cup was my dream as a kid, so to be able to say I’ve done that is an amazing feeling,” Hodge said in a media release.

“However, winning a World Cup is the ultimate goal, so to have the opportunity to play my rugby in Australia for the next four years and hopefully earn another crack at that is extremely exciting.”

Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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