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Western Force 2020

Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by ForceFan, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. ForceFan Nev Cottrell (35)

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  2. ForceFan Nev Cottrell (35)

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    I'll add here the confirmed signings for 2020 as they are announced...

    Head Coach: Tim Sampson

    Victor Harris - Prop (Joondalup Bros/Force Academy)
    Chris Heiberg - Prop
    Kieran Longbottom - Prop
    Tom Sheminant - Prop
    Angus Wagner - Prop (ex Brumbies)
    Feleti Kaitu’u- Hooker
    Andrew Ready - Hooker
    Heath Tessman - Hooker
    Ben Grant - Lock
    Jackson Pugh - Lock (Palmyra/Force Academy)
    Fergus Lee-Warner - Lock/Back Row
    Johan Bardoul - Back Row/Lock
    Tevin Ferris - Back Row
    Chris Alcock- Back Row
    Ollie Callan - Back Row (Wanneroo/Force Academy)
    Henry Stowers - Back Row/Centre
    Jacob Abel - S/H (Sydney Rays/Gordon/Easts)
    Ian Prior - S/H (Captain)
    AJ Alatimu - FH/Centre
    Nick Jooste- Centre/FH/FB
    Marcel Brache - Centre
    Pama Fou - Centre (Aust 7s)
    Henry Taefu - Centre
    Brad Lacey- Utility Back
    Byron Ralston - Wing (Reds Academy/Jnr Wallabies U20s/Brothers)
    Jonah Placid - Utility Back/Full Back
    Jack McGregor - FH/Full Back
    Jake Strachan - FH/FB/Utility Back
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  3. Adam84 Colin Windon (37)

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    Will be seriously strong contenders during the NRC
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  4. RugbyReg Stirling Mortlock (74)

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    They’ll be up there. But their squad is likely to be weaker than last year.

    The only thing going to them is cohesion but I suspect all teams will have that going for them this year.
  5. Brumby Runner Rod McCall (65)

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    They have been playing to at least one of the law variations surrounding kicks in general play too, Reg. That could be an advantage. Not so much in making the kicks but in adapting a game plan that takes advantage of the opportunities presented by modifications in defensive patterns.I fully expect Andrew Deegan to show his worth in the NRC and to have fun turning other teams around or putting his support runners through holes.
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  6. Forceright Peter Burge (5)

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    If having a player in the US Eagles, 3 to play for Samoa, another to Aus Seven squad, an under 20s player to Tahs and another with a scholarship from RUPA as weaker, then yes. To me it proves more the success that the GRR is starting to glean. The Force are concentrating on making sure all those other local players are getting a pathway and making up for the setback and damage to WA with being cut, with a mix of older experienced heads to lead the way. The NRC is a chance for the inclusion younger less experienced talent to get a go, which I thought was the whole point of NRC?
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  7. Shaker Dave Cowper (27)

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    Last season they at least had games against the Rebels and Crusaders under their belt. Can't see what they get from a 74-10 win over Malaysia Valke.
  8. RugbyReg Stirling Mortlock (74)

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    absolutley. My comment was in response to another's around their chances in the NRC.
  9. kiap Paul McLean (56)

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    Thanks, ForceFan. Great to have a 2020 thread - now that home and away Rapid is confirmed.

    Probably helps to see the squads first. I reckon you underrated Fiji last year, Reg, and, if anything, overhyped the Force (assuming you weren't on the troll).

    My predictions were, of course, spot on. :)
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    Underrated Fiji? I tipped them and the Force as favourites
  11. kiap Paul McLean (56)

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    You had Fijian doubts where I backed them straight up - money on the nose, cock on block!
  12. ForceFan Nev Cottrell (35)

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    Couldn't agree more.
    Listened to Matt Hodgson at a Q&A before the Valke game comment that when looking to fill a squad vacancy the WF first turn to local club rugby.
    The Western Force team against Malaysia Valke had 10 locally produced players in the extended 26 man squad:
    Contracted Players: Tom Sheminant, Tevin Ferris, Carlo Tizzano, Nick Jooste and Ben Grant
    Club Players: Jackson Pugh, Chris Miller, Leone Felke, Ollie Callan and Dom Hardman.

    With no professional team in Perth the only pathway was prepare yourself for the eventual move East.
    Well done Andrew Forrest/Minderoo.
  13. ForceFan Nev Cottrell (35)

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    Captain commits to Force and family

    August 17, 2019

    Western Force captain Ian Prior has given his full endorsement to Global Rapid Rugby and the upward trajectory of elite rugby throughout the Asia Pacific region after rejecting interest from Europe to re-sign with the club for the 2020 season.
    Leadership and silky skills are a combination in high demand when it comes to guiding a team around the rugby field, so it was no surprise more than a few clubs were interested in prying Prior away from WA.

    In signing his new deal the 28-year-old scrumhalf will extend his time in the west to the seventh season and is excited about what the future holds as the Force enters a new rugby frontier.
    “I believe in what we are doing as a team and as a competition. I enjoy being part of the Rapid Rugby revolution,” Prior said.
    “It will be really exciting to do the home and away travel next year, explore new countries and take the product of rugby to places where it hasn’t really been before. That is really exciting to be part of as a player.”

    Advancing the positive trickle-down effect of a strong professional rugby set-up in Perth was also high on Prior’s list.
    “Working together to achieve a thriving rugby programme in WA is something I enjoy getting out of bed and contributing towards every day,” he said.
    “I came through the club system myself, so knowing that the grassroots are strong and that there is a pathway for kids if they want to play professional rugby is very important.”

    As a new Dad, off-field factors were also a key part of the equation. And while the life of a professional athlete comes with the understanding that moves can happen at any moment, in weighing up his options with wife Lizzy the pair continually came back to the strong roots they’ve made in WA.

    “Ian has played at a few other teams and I have never felt more at home than I do here in Perth with this squad,” Lizzie said.
    “I think even more so with Rapid Rugby now.
    “It’s been really special getting to engage with the fans that I would not normally have gotten to meet, I get to see them at every game and have conversations with them. They met Riley, ask about how Scout (the couple’s dog) is doing.
    “It is such a big and strong community now, not just the partners and players, it is beyond that now,” Lizzy said.

    https://www.westernforce.com.au/captain-commits-to-force-and-family/
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  14. Forcefield Chilla Wilson (44)

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    Big porn and foot porn really get the mind boggling.
  15. Forcefield Chilla Wilson (44)

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    With those spam posts removed, that message sure looks out of context ;)
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  16. ForceFan Nev Cottrell (35)

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    Sadly looking like Iona and Deegan to the Rebels in 2020.
  17. Brumby Runner Rod McCall (65)

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    Probably a very good move by Andrew D. Could end the year in Gold if his form holds.
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  18. VassMan Chris McKivat (8)

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    Was bound to happen. I thought Deegan played very well on the weekend. Iona was born in Melbourne so that makes sense.
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