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Chiefs overcome gutsy Force

Saturday April 22, 2017 by  

The Chiefs have defeated a brave and determined Western Force 16-7 in front of a boisterous Sea-of-Blue at nib Stadium in Perth this evening.

The Waikato-based side had won of eight of the previous 10 encounters, and came to Perth full of confidence following their come-from-behind victory over the Cheetahs last weekend.

The Force meanwhile had their second bye of the season though were nursing injuries to several key players from the high-scoring and entertaining clash with the Kings a fortnight ago. Read more

ARU to consult Force and Rebels

Monday April 10, 2017 by  

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today confirmed that one Australian team will be removed from Super Rugby when the competition reverts to a 15-team, three-conference format in 2018.

SANZAAR’s announcement of the competition restructure on Sunday followed a month of stakeholder consultation after the SANZAAR Executive Committee formed a consensus view on Super Rugby returning to a 15-team format at its March meeting in London.

ARU Chairman Cameron Clyne said: “It is important for me to clarify firstly that the decision to remove a Super Rugby team from Australia was a decision made by the ARU, not by SANZAAR. Read more

Force overcome the Kings in high-scoring thriller

Sunday April 9, 2017 by  

The Western Force and Southern Kings have played out a high-scoring thriller at nib Stadium in Perth this afternoon.

With the axe hovering over both teams for Super Rugby beyond this season a barmy autumn afternoon greeted them and those in the sea of blue.

The home side took a 15-7 lead into the main break before the floodgates for the five-pointers opened as both teams traded nine tries between them in the second half. The Western Force prevailing in the end 46-41. Read more

Morahan to depart force at season end

Tuesday March 21, 2017 by  

The Western Force can confirm that winger Luke Morahan will leave the club at the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season, to further his career at Bristol Rugby in the English Premiership.

Morahan has played 38 games for the Western Australian club to date since defecting from the Queensland Reds in 2014. Scoring 11 tries, including a club high five tries in the 2015 season.

The four-time capped Wallaby says that the decision to leave WA was a difficult one, but believes it’s the best choice to further his rugby career. Read more

Brumbies late show seals victory

Friday March 10, 2017 by  

The Brumbies claimed their first victory of the 2017 Super Rugby season beating the Western Force 25-17 in a thriller at GIO Stadium.

Robbie Abel’s 80th minute try was the icing on the cake for the Brumbies, sealing the win and giving their 8,600 fans plenty to cheer about.

The Force pushed the home side for the full 80 minutes in a physical encounter between the two Australian teams, but the Brumbies’ hunger for their first win proved too much for the visitors in the end. Read more

Force topple Reds, end lean home run

Thursday March 2, 2017 by  

The Western Force have ended their recent run of home defeats with a spirited 26-19 victory over the Queensland Reds at nib Stadium in Perth this evening.

Led by Curtis Rona and Dane Haylett-Petty the home side were celebrating their first home win in nearly two years with a courageous come-from-behind performance against a star-studded Reds line-up.

Best for the Reds in defeat were Eto Nabuli, who scored a hat-trick of five-pointers, along with veterans George Smith and Quade Cooper. Read more

Dane Haylett-Petty re-signs with the Force

Tuesday February 21, 2017 by  

The Western Force today announced the re-signing of star fullback Dane Haylett-Petty until the end of the 2019 season.

Haylett-Petty had a remarkable 2016 season, taking out the Nathan Sharpe medal for the most valuable player, made his Wallabies debut and played a further 13 caps and took out the Wallaby Rookie of the Year Award.

The 27-year-old says he is thrilled to stay in the West and admits that the green and gold jersey helped make his decision. Read more

Rebels confirm 2017 pre-season trial matches

Monday December 19, 2016 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have confirmed their pre-season schedule ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season with two trial matches against the Western Force and Queensland Reds, fixtured around the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens.

The Rebels kick off their pre-season campaign against the Force at Bond University on the Gold Coast in the lead up to the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament before completing their trials against the Reds at Ballymore Stadium.

The two traditional trial matches will bookend the inaugural Tens tournament, which will feature 14 teams from around the world, including the ten Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby teams, along with the Bulls (South Africa), Toulon (France), Panasonic Wild Knights (Japan) and Tonga. Read more

Force sign local young gun Harry Scoble

Thursday November 17, 2016 by  

The Western Force have signed the last of the three inaugural Future Force Foundation members with the addition of Perth-born Harry Scoble to the senior list for the 2017 season.

Perth-born Harry Scoble added to the Western Force senior list for Super Rugby Season 2017.
Photo courtesy of Western Force/RugbyWA

The young rake is the second Future Force Foundation member to sign with the club in the past month, after Richard Hardwick also committed to the club for next season.

The recently turned 22-year-old has had a meteoric rise this year; heading into his third year in the Future Force program and playing for UWA in the Pindan Premier Grade, before being thrusted into the Force squad, scoring a try in his Super Rugby debut against the Waratahs in Round Nine and adding a further seven caps to his name.

The former Australian U20’s representative reflects on this year as a dream come true, but says he still has a lot of work ahead of him. Read more

2017 Super Rugby Draw Announced

Tuesday September 20, 2016 by  

After a global audience of more than 50 million viewers tuned in to watch the 2016 Super Rugby season and over two million fans attended the matches, the 2017 Super Rugby competition will kick off on Thursday February 23 when the Melbourne Rebels host the Auckland-based Blues at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

During the 17-round season, the five Australian Super Rugby teams – the Brumbies, NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds, Melbourne Rebels and Western Force – will each play six matches in the Australian conference and nine matches against teams in other conferences.

In the four-conference tournament structure, which follows the same 2016 format, each team will play 15 matches and have two byes. Read more