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Western Force 2019

Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by RugbyReg, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. WorkingClassRugger Steve Williams (59)

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    You should do up your CV and submit it to the Unions and RA. Because clearly you have more nous and imagination than their current Social Media managers. Totally sincere here.
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  2. Warpath Billy Sheehan (19)

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    whoever does the graphics for the WF players is pretty talented..my skill pale in comparison :(
  3. ForceFan Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    Peter Grant hangs up his boots

    January 30, 2019

    Former Springbok and Western Force flyhalf Peter Grant has announced his retirement from Rugby.

    The 34-year-old made the decision to retire after receiving specialist advice from doctors in regard to past head injuries.

    https://www.westernforce.com.au/peter-grant-hangs-up-his-boots/

    Personally not surprised about this news as the concussions last year were coming too frequently.

    It's been good to have Peter at the Western Force.
    I'm sure that there is a big role to play at the WF and in Club rugby.

    During the 2nd half of the 2017 season showed what could have been if the WF had been successful in getting him earlier.

    Thanks for your efforts Bash. Enjoy your retirement and extra time with your family.
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  4. GingerBreadCrab Guest

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    Any further update on what's happening in the West? Seems a bit quiet.
    I know time moves slowly over there but surely the hangovers from New Years have subsided by now?
  5. brokendown Cyril Towers (30)

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    time is on our side sunshine
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  6. GingerBreadCrab Guest

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    How so? I want this to succeed, I really do, but with 2-3 weeks to go no news is NOT good news.
  7. southsider Arch Winning (36)

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    The silence is getting a bit embarrassing now
  8. kiap Mark Ella (57)

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    I'm pretty relaxed on it

    What do ya think is going on?
  9. RugbyReg Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Singapore and Fiji seem the most certain at the moment right? Singapore signing a lot of kiwis - and Junior Laloifi.
  10. ForceFan Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    Yes - it's all a bit quiet on the GRR side but can understand that little to announce before it's all locked in.

    At this stage it seems more likely that it may be a max 6 team competition (with no indications from GRR as to the make-up of these teams). Why? If still 8 teams they'd be announcing trial games in February in order to fit into the available time slot.
    Lots of conjecture from many sources.

    Proximity to RWC in Japan must be having an impact.

    I wonder if it will be another "Invitational " season?

    The full WF squad is back on the pre-season training track with feedback that most came back looking fresh and fit with many settings PBs on the post-break initial assessment.

    Like everybody else I'm eagerly awaiting more news.
  11. GingerBreadCrab Guest

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    Hopefully finalising teams that will compete in GRR? And then a whole back office team organising logistics? A lot of field sessions, gym sessions and community work with no competition to compete in? Waiting for the ARU to beg them to come back? Who knows
  12. kiap Mark Ella (57)

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    I didn't know about the Ballymore Kid! :)

    Obviously Force are certs; Singapore had the most to do IMO but are moving into their work
  13. GingerBreadCrab Guest

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    This sounds like back office promo work disguised as punditry. you speak too eloquently and with too much consideration for your average GAGR member haha. At this stage who would be the 6 teams competing? I’d imagine the Malaysia push is still strong?
  14. kiap Mark Ella (57)

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    A fair bit of that, although the ARU may be on call waiting.
  15. ForceFan Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    Just a ForceFan who is trying hard to be positive while bouncing back from the travesty suffered in 2017.

    I've no idea, any more, about the make-up of the 6 teams. Just too many rumours over the past months
  16. Slim 293 George Gregan (70)

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    Yep, another whole year....

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-...by-competition-postponed-20190131-p50uqt.html
  17. RugbyReg Rocky Elsom (76)

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    its indicative now. Seems the Force will go on tour now - playing through Asia, Pacific Islands and Australasia.

    I wonder if they'll play home games too (outside of the NRC)?
  18. Boof1050 Fred Wood (13)

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    Yeah apparently there's some home games included. One things certain though is now they have a full 12 months to turn the screws on NSW rugby re the western Sydney team. No more excuses about not enough time to set up a franchise.
  19. Sully John Eales (66)

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    It must be very dissappointing for everyone over there.
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  20. kiap Mark Ella (57)

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    Yes – although not as much as being knifed in 2017
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