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USA Rugby announced the hire of former Eagle Dave Hodges as the new general manager of the men's national team Wednesday. Hodges, capped 53 times for the USA, will oversee team logistics and operations. Hodges has worked as a player, coach and administrator across many levels in American rugby, and he most recently worked for United World Sports as the vice president of sales at Rhino.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work with our Men's National Team again as we strive for Rugby World Cup qualification," Hodges said. "Working every day to assist in the success of our Eagles is an exciting proposition in addition to identifying and tracking the next generation of American men and women players with our partners at Atavus.
"It is a great time to be involved with USA Rugby. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves, and am thankful for the leadership of Dan Payne as we work to get better every day."
"You won't find a person more committed and loyal to rugby in America than 'Hodgey,'" added USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne. "The work ethic, legacy, and American presence he will bring to the Men's National Team staff is obvious to all that know him."
"Dave's appointment is fantastic news for us," added Eagles Head Coach John Mitchell. "He brings with him the nationalism we emphasize, and a wealth of experience and a logistical capacity necessary to enhance the performance of the individuals. I have already enjoyed working with him in this brief planning period for the upcoming Americas Rugby Championship."