18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
Newcastle host Bourgoin at Kingston Park on Thursday, October 10 before travelling away to Montpellier the following week.
Hudson joined the Falcons in the summer of 2009 after spells with London Irish and Bath and was awarded the captaincy this season after becoming a focal point in Newcastle pack.
The 28-year-old helped England Saxons to Churchill Cup glory earlier this year and is replaced by Samoan lock Filipo Levei for Newcastle's premiership clash against London Irish at the weekend.