Manly teammate thinks Reece Hodge is ready to wear gold

Wallabies bolter Reece Hodge is ready to make his Test debut when Australia face England in Brisbane on Saturday night, according to his former Manly Marlins teammate and centre partner Dennis Pili-Gaitau. Pili-Gaitau played alongside Hodge in recent years as the 21-year old developed into one of Australian rugby’s most exciting prospects. The pair led Manly to last year’s Intrust Shute Shield grand final, before Hodge linked with the Melbourne Rebels and after just nine Super Rugby matches, he finds himself in the mix to potentially make his Wallabies debut this weekend. “When I first met Hodgey at Marlins pre season, I didn’t think much of him. I’d been told how good he was just he just looked like a tall winger,” Pili-Gaitau said. “Then I saw him hang around after training and do extras. He was working hard on his agility and that showed what type of player he is, he’s always working to make himself better.” Hodge wasn’t named in the initial Wallabies 39-man
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