Why you should be excited about Kyle Godwin’s Wallabies debut

By Sam Ryan Just over two years after joining his first Wallabies tour, Brumbies recruit Kyle Godwin will make his long awaited Test debut on Sunday morning (AEST) against France. 24-year old Godwin replaces 22-year old Reece Hodge in the Wallabies starting side and will become the 13th Australian to make his international debut this year. Hodge has had an outstanding year and there is no doubting that he’ll wear gold for many years to come, but I’m not sure if he’ll have the No.12 on his back for much longer. At 6’3 and 94kg, the former Manly Marlin will be just as effective at outside centre or on the wing, in fact you could probably argue that he could wear almost any number in the backline, bar No.9, if push came to shove. By shifting Hodge wider down the track, Cheika can play a genuine ball playing/running No.12, something New Zealand have had great success with and something we haven’t had in Australia in some time. A player that can distribute, kick and organise
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