Wallaby Hodge re-signs with Rebels

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Wallabies back Reece Hodge has signed a new deal with Australian Rugby and Melbourne Rebels.

Hodge's new contract runs through until the end of 2020, tying him down beyond the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, it was announced on Thursday.

The 22-year-old Super Rugby Rookie of the Year made his debut for the Wallabies and Rebels in 2016.

Hodge earned 10 Tests caps, while he made 12 appearances for Rebels, tallying 63 points.

"There were a few factors in the decision but the young tight knit playing group we have down here [in Melbourne] was definitely one of the reasons why I re-signed with the Rebels," Hodge said.

"Being a part of the 2016 Wallabies squad with so many new faces felt like the start of our journey towards 2019 and it's something that I really want to be a part of going forward.

"I know it will take a lot of hard work and consistent form to get there but just to have the opportunity to be playing rugby in Australia and striving towards that goal of playing for the Wallabies at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan is awesome."

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika added: "Reece took his opportunity in 2016, showing he's got what it takes firstly in Super Rugby then at the Test level. There's plenty of great young talent in Australia and Reece is a great example of what can happen when you take your chance. 

"It's great to see young lads committing to long-term deals and I know Reece is very excited about the years ahead for both Melbourne and the Wallabies."