NRC stars ready to shine at Super level

Force - Lance pre-season

Western Force recruit Jono Lance in pre-season mode. Can he be the spark to finally get their backline firing?

Rugby News: Not to be confused with the magazine of the same name, www.rugbynews.net.au is Australia’s most trusted source of independent rugby news across all levels of the game. I’ve known the guys involved for a little while now, and was thrilled to be able to finally produce something for them, after several approaches from them previously.

In my debut column, I’ve named five players around the country ready to make their mark on Super Rugby, after starring on the club scene and particularly in the National Rugby Championship in recent seasons..

#NRC2015 profile: North Harbour Rays fullback Reece Hodge

Rays superboot Reece Hodge launches another yellow Gilbert. Image: ARU/Johan Schmidt

Rays superboot Reece Hodge launches another yellow Gilbert. Image: ARU/Johan Schmidt

rugby.com.au: Ahead of tonight’s Rays home game against the Melbourne Rising, I had a chat with up and coming utility back Reece Hodge.

Hodge is said to possess one of the biggest kicking boots in the game – there’s video getting around of him landing a goal from 75 metres at Manly training this year – and is getting good value of that power in the Rays’ no.15 jersey in the NRC. And the game against Melbourne will be interetsing for Hodge, having announced just before the NRC that he’ll join the Melbourne Rebels’ Super Rugby program from 2016..