Peter Johnson (47)
With all the players who have already left and reported to be leaving, I can't see 2018 been any better regardless of who the coach is..
Force/ARU should look to form an agreement or partnership with someone like Fiji.. Come to an agreement where the Force play a trial match or two in Suva, coaching and support staff assist in academies run in Suva, in exchange Fiji provide scouting reports and access to local academies so the Force can sign some Fijian players.
It wouldn't be to make them eligible for the Wallabies, rather offer them professional rugby opportunities with the guarantee that if they choose to play for Fiji then the Force would make them available and offer progress reports on there players.
There's the argument that this will mean less opportunities for Australian eligible players, well that it may, but first the Force need to be competitive.. A Fijian styled Force backline would be brilliant to see and provide flavour to Super Rugby
We are desperately looking for good pathways and opportunities to develop or give young players exposure to professional rugby so why waste a perfect opportunity for development of Australian on a Fiji program? Why send good money offshore and out of Aussie rugby? I am lost as to how Aussie rugby wins with a investment in Fiji rugby?
I would be confident in saying that a team of young rookies that were competitive under a good head coach as development that finished in the lower end of the table would capture the hearts, minds and support of the "The Blue Army" and casual supporters over a bunch of successful Fijians playing as the Force.
I would even venture to say they would get less support from the Aussie public as the hostilities about the ARU funds going to a Fiji project rather than staying in the country would certainty evoke some passionate reactions.