Ted Thorn (20)
No one is even considering Hodge at 13?
I think if nothing else we'll need his experience in the backline.
I agree going a 6/2 split is probably going to be ideal.
Big no for me. Hodge doesn't have that next level in him(yet). He is a little below Mr reliable tag for me. Still misses tackles he should make, throws some shocking passes and his rugby IQ isn't where it should be for a guy with his experience. I like him, seems like a good honest toiler but just doesn't appear to have that next level in him, kind of like Godwin.
We have Paisami, Ikitau as the starting centres most likely and I would select Foketi or Simone there before Hodge.
Only position I would consider him is 15 and only if they use his boot as part of the game plan. Otherwise you get no upside over Banks.
If Hodge is fit you'd imagine he is all but guaranteed a bench slot with other versatile players out of action.