Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson will hang up the boots at the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season.
The 35-year-old’s decision comes with the Force’s future under a cloud with either the Western Australian club or the Melbourne Rebels to be expelled from the competition after this season.
The Sydney-born back rower will finish his career as a one-club player having debuted for the Force in 2006, being the first player from the club to reach 100 caps.
“It’s a privilege to be able to retire on my own terms while still playing the brand of rugby I’ve always strived to deliver,” Hodgson said.
I hold the opportunity to play for my country and the Western Force in the highest regard and I hope that I have always shown this through the way I have played.
“The last few years I have enjoyed being the Captain and being part of the coaching team at the Force.
“It has made my decision to retire from playing easier; as I know that I have many ways to contribute to the team without the broken bones and stitches.”
Hodgson spoke passionately back in April with the Force’s future up in the air and provided a parting shot too.
“I’m proud that over the last 12 years WA has become a new generation stronghold of rugby in this country,” Hodgson said.
“Our value and real contribution to the game is undeniable at a grassroots level through to the national level.”
Hodgson will stay with the club in a coaching capacity beyond this season.