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Heroic Hodgson hangs them up

Friday June 16, 2017 by  

Western Force club legend and inaugural player Matt Hodgson has today announced his retirement from professional rugby after 12 spectacular seasons with the Western Australian club.

Western Force Club Captain Matt Hodgson has announced he will be hanging up his boots.
Photo courtesy of Western Force/RugbyWA

The 35-year-old announced to his teammates yesterday that he would be hanging up the boots at the end of the season after 139 Super Rugby appearances in a career that has included three Nathan Sharpe Medals, four Geoffrey Stooke Force Man Awards and 11 Wallaby caps.

The hardnosed backrower started at openside flanker in the club’s inaugural match against the Brumbies in 2006 and has represented the blue jersey with distinction, bravery and unwavering commitment ever since, including four years as club captain from 2013-2016.

A favourite of the Sea of Blue, Hodgson says the decision was an emotional one but feels the time is right to hand the reigns over to the promising next generation coming through the club’s ranks. Read more

Highlanders smash the Force

Saturday May 20, 2017 by  

The Highlanders have easily outclassed the Western Force to notch a club record 55-6 victory at nib Stadium in Perth this evening.

The Dunedin-based side made the most of the wet conditions for a new franchise record 49-point win margin, scoring eight tries to nil which helped them remain alive for a wildcard place in the Super Rugby finals.

Late replacement prop Aki Seiuli and Rob Thompson both bagged doubles, while fly-half Marty Banks slotted seven of his eight goal attempts. Read more

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