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SEASON GUIDE 2017 The official season guide of the Road Safety Western Force is published by Abbott & Co Printers on behalf of RugbyWA. Contributors: David Berrie/Fraser Smith Editor: David Berrie/Fraser Smith Design: Scott Malcolm/Evelyn Paolino Photography: Getty Images / True Spirit Photography / Johan Schmidt Photography / Fraser Smith Š2017 RugbyWA. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or copied in any form or by any means without the written permission of RugbyWA. ISSN 1833-1629 The opinions expressed in articles, letters and advertisements are not necessarily those of RugbyWA or the publisher.

CONTENTS

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From the Coach and Captain

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Feature Story: Tatafu Polota-Nau

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Feature Story: New Blood

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2017 Super Rugby Draw

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Western Force 2017 Player Profiles

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2017 Coach Profiles

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Debuts and Caps

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Western Force Stats & Honours

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2017 Super Rugby Team Profiles

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2017 Home Fixtures & Match Day Transport

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COACH & CAPTAIN REPORT in Super Rugby came under question has had a profound effect on everyone close to the team. West Australians sure are tough.

As a kid growing up in South Africa, I can vividly remember waking up before sunrise on Saturday mornings to watch Super Rugby. Before the end of Apartheid and sporting sanctions in 1992, we had never seen international players. And then suddenly… our TV was filled with superstars like Jonah Lomu, John Eales, the Brooke brothers, Christian Cullen and many others. It was a magical time. Super Rugby ruled. And it still does. Despite some challenges, the competition’s global reach of over 50 million viewers makes it by far the most popular provincial rugby competition in the world. Indeed, more people watch rugby globally than the AFL and NRL combined! Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I’d be working fulltime in Super Rugby, much less have the honour of overseeing a team from my current position. And to do so in Western Australia is particularly special. The way our community rallied around us when our long-term future

Over the last ten years the deck has been stacked against us, but we have so much in our favour: 1. Western Australia’s Pioneering spirit Western Australia is a melting pot of people from diverse backgrounds – we have made the world’s most isolated city our home. This pioneering heritage makes us special and bonds us together. We are brave, resilient, and self-motivated, and our rugby must embody these qualities - a style of game that relies on skill to play with openness and freedom; the way that rugby is supposed to be played. This is all driven by our most enduring Western Australian quality: Playing to Win. 2. Our Force Family: we celebrate each other’s success Being a pioneer is hard. We face many challenges. And there will be many more. But to succeed we will need everybody. Teamwork and collaboration through every aspect of rugby life in Western Australia is at the heart of our success. There is no room for lone stars - we must all act as a cohesive constellation to win. It is our trust upon what we have learnt from ‘Hodgo’. With nine capped Wallabies in the squad including new signing Tatafu Polota-Nau, we have a host of senior players with strong leadership qualities that we can rely on.

2017 is sure to be an exciting year ahead for the Road Safety Western Force, with a new coaching panel and two new captains with both myself and Heath Tessmann leading the club this season. I am honoured to lead this great club and organisation, and look forward to the success that the season will bring. In my seven years at the club I have played under the leadership of club legend Matt Hodgson, and while Heath and I will bring our own style of leadership we will draw

With 15 new signings over the break pre-season has been a buzz, with new squad members earning their stripes and challenging senior players for their positions. With so many great new recruits it’s hard not to get excited at this time of year, players like Bill Meakes and Curtis Rona have looked really sharp throughout the pre-season and I can’t wait to see them in the blue jersey at the ‘Force Field’. There is no doubt 2016 was a disappointing year, but I firmly believe that the club has taken significant steps in the right direction. From making terrific coaching and playing appointments, to the fantastic Own the Force initiative, where over 4,500 passionate rugby fans put their support behind the future of the Western Force. I think new assistant coach Joe Barakat put it perfectly earlier in the pre-season when

in each other that reduces fear, promotes openness and enables us to play the way rugby is supposed to be played. We are all part of the Force Family: players, support staff, supporters, members and owners. 3. We look at our shoes, but stay focused on the horizon We operate in a fast-paced environment and we play every game to win. But while we are ambitious in the short-term, we recognise that it takes seven years to develop a promising teenager into a Road Safety Western Force player. The Future Force and Junior Pathway Program, where young players are coached in rugby and life, is our foundation for the future. Community engagement with clubs is our commitment to grass roots rugby. This is a long-term program to develop skills and loyalty for a long-term future. We believe that if we play the way rugby is supposed to be played, then the little bits of luck that we need will come our way. Our goal in 2017 is to play the way rugby is supposed to be played, and to make you proud. Thank you for being part of the Sea of Blue. Warm regards, Dave asked about whether this is a rebuilding phase for the club, he said – “When you talk about a rebuilding phase, you can afford to lose and at this stage we can’t afford to lose.” A fairly honest answer and it’s exactly the mindset the team has, we are playing to win and playing for our supporter base. Which leads me to the reason we run out on the park every week, the ever loyal Sea of Blue. We honestly couldn’t ask for a more supporting and loyal fan base. The Sea of Blue are the driving force behind the Force, if there was one reason for wanting success it would be to repay the faith that they have shown us over the past 12 years. I hope to see as many fans in blue as possible this season, as we strive for success on and off the field. We need your support this season, we want you with us on this journey and I hope to see you in the Sea of Blue this year. See you at the Force Field, Ben


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TATAFU POLOTA-NAU

A POINT TO PROVE IN PERTH FEATURE STORY By Fraser Smith

141 Super Rugby Caps, 68 Test Caps, and a reputation as one of the most fearless and determined players in world rugby today. The recruitment of Wallaby hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau is arguably the biggest signing in the Road Safety Western Force’s 12-year history. The abrasive hooker is renowned for his set piece efficiency, fearless ball-carrying and over the course of his 12-year career has established himself as one of the most ferocious tacklers in world rugby with his low hard hitting tackles striking fear in the hearts of his opposition. Born and raised in Western Sydney, ‘Taf’ is one of the few players in the modern era to have debuted for the Wallabies before earning a Super Rugby cap with the former IRB Under 21 Player of the Year debuting against England in 2005 before running out for the Waratahs in 2006.

After more than a decade in the sky blue jersey of the Waratahs including a Super Rugby title in 2014 the 31-yearold brings a wealth of experience to the West as he looks to build on his spectacular resume in a darker shade of blue. “It feels unbelievable to be here,” Polota-Nau said. “I expressed interest in coming to the Force when we played a Test match here against Argentina. To see the number of people that came out to support us was incredible and I can’t wait to run out in front of them as a Force player.” “From a playing point of view I think I can still really develop my game and contribute to the team. There is plenty of young talent at the Force and some great recruits so I’m excited about what we can achieve together this season.” Naturally, a player of Poloto-Nau’s calibre attracted an array of offers from overseas clubs but the allure of the gold jersey made the decision to turn down an overseas contract a straight forward decision.

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“I still feel like I have unfinished business in Australia, my goal still is to be the number one hooker in the country. I also want to be able to share my wisdom and experience with other hookers because the more I can do the better Australian rugby will be in the long run.”

It’s not every day that you see an accomplished professional player and Wallaby stalwart running touch at local matches, refilling water bottles for junior teams and manning the barbeque at junior training on Thursday nights but Polota-Nau is not your standard rugby player.

“Playing for Australia is the ultimate for me and I want to continue playing for the Wallabies for as long as possible. The Rugby World Cup is the pinnacle of our sport and having played in two now, and reaching the final in 2015, the desire is certainly there to work towards getting another shot at the World Cup.”

Despite all the success the decorated hooker has enjoyed he has never lost sight of where it all started and the reason he is where he is today. For the last five years PolotaNau has been an active board member at Parramatta and constantly volunteers for the thankless jobs that many would shy away from.

After an injury crisis hit the club’s hooking stocks in 2016 there is no shortage of depth this season and the Super Rugby centurion is determined to push and be pushed by the other hookers in the Force squad. “My goal here is to challenge the other hookers in the squad and help them reach their full potential.” “Harry Scoble is probably the best example of that. He’s a local guy who has come through to Super Rugby and I think he scored a meat pie against the ‘Tahs on debut if I remember correctly!

“My biggest passion about the game is the grass roots level because that is how I came through the system and it really is the life blood of our game.” “I started rugby pretty late in my teens and what I remember fondly was that the manager of our team would pick up eight of the players from our team and take us to the games. That showed me just how much passion and love people had for the game.

“Harry really impressed me when I played against him in that game, his work rate is really high and he fights hard, I can definitely see a lot of potential there and with Anaru (Rangi) as well. So I really think they can challenge me and I can help them as well.”

“You have people in rugby clubs that actually just do it for the love of the game, at the end of the day I just want to give back to the volunteers who put their heart and soul into their club and the sport. I just want to be able to give back by chewing the fat with old heads at the rugby club and engaging with the little ankle biters who are playing with their friends and having fun.”

Polota-Nau joins the Force as one of 15 new signings for the club heading into the 2017 Super Rugby season and says the addition of new blood and some new coaching staff gives the team the fresh start it needs.

Now as he begins his next chapter in the west Polota-Nau says the prospect of engaging with the state’s passionate rugby community and growing the game in Western Australia is something he is looking forward to.

“The best thing about the squad we have for 2017 is that there are so many new faces so we can all come together and really start fresh and set our sights on where we want to be in one, two or three years’ time.”

“I would love to help promote rugby in Western Australia because I believe there is so much talent here.”

“We want to make sure everyone is on the same page about what it means to play for the Western Force and develop a vision on the way we want to play, if everyone buys into that on and off the field it sets us on the right path.” Not only is ‘Taf’ a tireless worker on the pitch he does some of his hardest work away from the field as a passionate and highly engaged supporter of grass roots rugby in particular his beloved Parramatta Two Blues.

“You’ve got guys like Dane Haylett-Petty who have come right through the WA and Force system and now into the Wallabies and there are so many local players in the Force squad now.” “The kids that are running around in WA club rugby now are the future of the Force, of the Wallabies and I can’t wait to get out there and start engaging with the rugby community in WA.”


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FEATURE STORY By Fraser Smith

15 new player signings, a new Head Coach at the helm, three new coaches joining the club and two new captains leading the men into battle – the winds of change are strong in the West ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

“With new coaching staff comes new ideas, both of our senior assistant coaches have coached overseas and bring new and exciting views so hopefully our fans can see the evidence of that this season.”

The winds of change first began to blow at the back end of the 2016 campaign with Dave ‘Blood’ Wessels leading the club as Interim Head Coach for the final three games of the season.

Among the new coaches is the highly experienced Joe Barakat. Barakat comes to the Western Force as the Forwards Coach after two years with Irish powerhouse Ulster and says the prospect of joining the Force was too good to pass up.

The spirited 34-year-old was then appointed Head Coach of the Road Safety Western Force in September and after his first full pre-season in the role ‘Blood’ is eager to see the team put their work into action. “The start of a new season is always an exciting time,” Wessels said. “There is a lot of great energy around the group and all the players and coaches are ready to start playing after preparing for such a long time.” “I think the team has been profoundly effected by the way the Western Australian rugby community has stood by us in some difficult times. The support for the club through the ‘Own the Force’ campaign has been overwhelming so the players are incredibly driven to do those people proud and pay them back for the support they have shown us.” With nine years of professional coaching experience behind him Wessels wasted no time making his mark on the role, actively recruiting the best people possible to help the club on it’s pursuit of excellence. “The first thing I wanted to do this season is get the right people on the bus and that started primarily with the staff. We’ve added Shaun Berne from Leinster, Joe Barkat from Ulster and we now have a fulltime skills coach in Kevin Foote.”

The start of a new season is always an exciting time

“I enjoyed my time in Ireland but when this opportunity came around I jumped at the chance to get back into Australian Super Rugby as a Forwards Coach and to work in this beautiful city with a great squad.” “I’ve hit the ground running after only joining the team after Christmas. In my short time here so far I’ve already seen the squad’s set piece and breakdown work improve and it will continue to develop.” “We’ve got a fantastic mix of experience and youth in our forwards this season and that drives competition for spots and improves our depth. The forwards dominated throughout the (Buildcorp) NRC and continuing that in Super Rugby is a big goal for us.”


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Growing up in Perth I understand how much passion there is for rugby here in WA - Curtis rona Not only has Wessels recruited well in the coaching department but over the course of the off-season has injected a host of new players into the group. “We have 100 more caps of experience at the start of this season than we had the previous year but we also have a lot of new faces which is great,” Wessels said. “We have kept a core group together but added 15 new players to the squad including real talents like Tatafu Polota-Nau, Isireli Naisarani, Chance Peni and many others that will add to our firepower this season.” One man who is sure to add firepower to the Force line-up this season is former Gloucester centre, Bill Meakes. A former Australian Under 20’s and Sevens representative Meakes joins the Force after three successful seasons in the English Premiership and says playing Super Rugby has always been his goal. “I enjoyed my time in England but I still had that burning desire to play Super Rugby,” Meakes said. “It was something I aspired to growing up and when the opportunity presented itself I jumped on it straight away and I’m pumped to play the fast paced style Super Rugby is famous for.” “I’m really excited about the backline we have this year, we have a bunch of new players and a new Attack Coach so there is a sense of anticipation about what this season will bring. “With guys coming across from league and some from other Super Rugby clubs plus some local talent it takes some time to learn about each other but we are gelling really well together.” One of the fore mentioned rugby league converts who is set to take Super Rugby by storm in the Force backline this season is local product, Curtis Rona. Born in New Zealand, raised in Perth, Rona was a member of the Western Force Academy before switching to rugby league. After three full seasons in the NRL where he proved to be a try scoring machine crossing for 40 tries in 57 appearances the Wanneroo Rugby Club product is chomping at the bit to begin his next chapter in the 15-man code.

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“I’ve always had a passion for rugby ever since I was a junior and to come back to the West was a great opportunity for me and my family. I see it as the perfect way for me to come back into the rugby scene.” “It’s been a really challenging transition but something I’m enjoying, it’s just all about studying hard to learn the structures, understand your role and being able to nail that every single time.” Rona is not alone in making the transition back to union with talented outside back and fellow Aranmore Catholic College product, Chance Peni, also returning to where it all began. “Chance has been a standout in the pre-season and to have someone else here that is going through the same transition as me has been good. We can bounce off each other and help each other learn the systems, build combinations and get everyone on the same page.” With new and existing talent competing for places in every position Rona believes the coaching staff will have a big task on their hands to select a team each week. “It is definitely going to be tough for ‘Blood’ to pick a team with so many quality players in the squad. There is huge competition for places which just takes everyone to the next level and that will only make us a better team.” Looking ahead to his home debut Rona says the moment he runs out in front of the screaming Western Force faithful is something he can’t wait for. “I’ve heard a lot about the Sea of Blue from the other guys so it is going to be a special moment for me. Growing up in Perth I understand how much passion there is for rugby here in WA and how much people love this club, so that first home game is something I’m really looking forward to.” The Western Force will kick off their 2017 Super Rugby campaign away to the Waratahs in Round One on Saturday, 25 February before the first home game of the season in Round Two against the Queensland Reds on Thursday, 2 March.


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SUPER RUGBY DRAW 2017 | ROUNDS 1 - 9 ROUND 1 Thursday 23 February Friday 24 February Friday 24 February Saturday 25 February Saturday 25 February Saturday 25 February Saturday 25 February Saturday 25 February Saturday 25 February ROUND 2 Thursday 2 March Friday 3 March Saturday 4 March Saturday 4 March Saturday 4 March Saturday 4 March Saturday 4 March Saturday 4 March Saturday 4 March ROUND 3 Friday 10 March Friday 10 March Friday 10 March Saturday 11 March Saturday 11 March Saturday 11 March Saturday 11 March Saturday 11 March BYES: BULLS, REBELS ROUND 4 Friday 17 March Friday 17 March Friday 17 March Saturday 18 March Saturday 18 March Saturday 18 March Saturday 18 March Saturday 18 March BYES: FORCE, STORMERS ROUND 5 Friday 24 March Friday 24 March Saturday 25 March Saturday 25 March Saturday 25 March Saturday 25 March Saturday 25 March Saturday 25 March BYES: CHIEFS, HURRICANES

MATCH Rebels v Blues Highlanders v Chiefs Reds v Sharks Sunwolves v Hurricanes Crusaders v Brumbies Waratahs v Force Cheetahs v Lions Kings v Jaguares Stormers v Bulls MATCH Force v Reds Chiefs v Blues Hurricanes v Rebels Highlanders v Crusaders Brumbies v Sharks Sunwloves v Kings Lions v Waratahs Stormers v Jaguares Cheetahs v Bulls MATCH Chiefs v Hurricanes Brumbies v Force Sharks v Waratahs Blues v Highlanders Reds v Crusaders Cheetahs v Sunwolves Kings v Stormers Jaguares v Lions

HOME VENUE AAMI Park, Melbourne TBC Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo AMI Stadium, Christchurch Allianz Stadium, Sydney Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth DHL Newlands, Cape Town HOME VENUE nib Stadium, Perth TBC TBC TBC GIO Stadium, Canberra Singapore National Stadium, Singapore Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg DHL Newlands, Cape Town Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein HOME VENUE TBC GIO Stadium, Canberra Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban TBC Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires

KICK OFF - LOCAL 19:45 19:35 19:00 13:15 19:35 19:45 15:05 17:15 19:30 KICK OFF - LOCAL 18:30 19:35 17:15 19:35 19:45 18:55 15:05 17:15 19:30 KICK OFF - LOCAL 19:35 19:45 19:00 19:35 18:45 17:15 19:30 16:40

DATE / TIME (AWST) Thu 23 Feb, 16:45 Fri 24 Feb, 14:35 Fri 24 Feb, 17:00 Sat 25 Feb, 12:15 Sat 25 Feb, 14:35 Sat 25 Feb, 16:45 Sat 25 Feb, 21:05 Sat 25 Feb, 23:15 Sun 26 Feb, 1:30 DATE / TIME (AWST) Thu 2 Mar, 18:30 Fri 3 Mar, 14:35 Sat 4 Mar, 12:15 Sat 4 Mar, 14:35 Sat 4 Mar, 16:45 Sat 4 Mar, 18:55 Sat 4 Mar, 21:05 Sat 4 Mar, 23:15 Sun 5 Mar, 1:30 DATE / TIME (AWST) Fri 10 Mar, 14:35 Fri 10 Mar, 16:45 Sat 11 Mar, 1:00 Sat 11 Mar, 14:35 Sat 11 Mar, 16:45 Sat 11 Mar, 23:15 Sun 12 Mar, 1:30 Sun 12 Mar, 3:40

MATCH Crusaders v Blues Rebels v Chiefs Bulls v Sunwolves Hurricanes v Highlanders Waratahs v Brumbies Lions v Reds Sharks v Kings Jaguares v Cheetahs

HOME VENUE AMI Stadium, Christchurch AAMI Park, Melbourne Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria TBC Allianz Stadium, Sydney Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires

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DATE / TIME (AWST) Fri 17 Mar, 14:35 Fri 17 Mar, 16:45 Sat 18 Mar, 1:00 Sat 18 Mar, 14:35 Sat 18 Mar, 16:45 Sat 18 Mar, 23:15 Sun 19 Mar, 1:30 Sun 19 Mar, 3:40

MATCH Crusaders v Force Rebels v Waratahs Blues v Bulls Brumbies v Highlanders Sunwolves v Stormers Kings v Lions Cheetahs v Sharks Jaguares v Reds

HOME VENUE AMI Stadium, Christchurch AAMI Park, Melbourne TBC GIO Stadium, Canberra Singapore National Stadium, Singapore Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires

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DATE / TIME (AWST) Fri 24 Mar, 14:35 Fri 24 Mar, 16:45 Sat 25 Mar, 14:35 Sat 25 Mar, 16:45 Sat 25 Mar, 18:55 Sat 25 Mar, 21:05 Sat 25 Mar, 23:15 Sun 26 Mar, 5:40

HOME VENUE TBC TBC TBC Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane DHL Newlands, Cape Town Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg Allianz Stadium, Sydney

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DATE / TIME (AWST) Fri 31 Mar, 14:35 Sat 1 Apr, 12:15 Sat 1 Apr, 14:35 Sat 1 Apr, 16:45 Sat 1 Apr, 21:05 Sat 1 Apr, 23:15 Sun 2 Apr, 14:05

HOME VENUE TBC Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo TBC GIO Stadium, Canberra Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban DHL Newlands, Cape Town nib Stadium, Perth

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DATE / TIME (AWST) Fri 7 Apr, 15:35 Sat 8 Apr, 13:15 Sat 8 Apr, 15:35 Sat 8 Apr, 17:45 Sat 8 Apr, 21:05 Sat 8 Apr, 23:15 Sun 9 Apr, 14:05

HOME VENUE AMI Stadium, Christchurch Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane TBC AAMI Park, Melbourne Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein DHL Newlands, Cape Town Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

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DATE Fri 14 Apr, 15:35 Sat 15 Apr, 13:05 Sat 15 Apr, 15:35 Sat 15 Apr, 17:45 Sat 15 Apr, 21:05 Sat 15 Apr, 23:15 Sun 16 Apr, 1:30

HOME VENUE TBC Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg TBC AMI Stadium, Christchurch Allianz Stadium, Sydney nib Stadium, Perth Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban

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DATE Fri 21 Apr, 15:35 Fri 21 Apr, 2:00 Sat 22 Apr, 13:15 Sat 22 Apr, 15:35 Sat 22 Apr, 17:45 Sat 22 Apr, 17:55 Sat 22 Apr, 23:15 Sun 23 Apr, 1:30

ROUND 6 MATCH Friday 31 March Highlanders v Rebels Saturday 1 April Blues v Force Saturday 1 April Chiefs v Bulls Saturday 1 April Reds v Hurricanes Saturday 1 April Stormers v Cheetahs Saturday 1 April Lions v Sharks Sunday 2 April Waratahs v Crusaders BYES: BRUMBIES, JAGUARES, KINGS, SUNWOLVES ROUND 7 MATCH Friday 7 April Hurricanes v Waratahs Saturday 8 April Sunwolves v Bulls Saturday 8 April Highlanders v Blues Saturday 8 April Brumbies v Reds Saturday 8 April Sharks v Jaguares Saturday 8 April Stormers v Chiefs Sunday 9 April Force v Kings BYES: CHEETAHS, CRUSADERS, LIONS, REBELS ROUND 8 MATCH Friday 14 April Crusaders v Sunwolves Saturday 15 April Reds v Kings Saturday 15 April Blues v Hurricanes Saturday 15 April Rebels v Brumbies Saturday 15 April Cheetahs v Chiefs Saturday 15 April Stormers v Lions Saturday 15 April Bulls v Jaguares BYES: FORCE, HIGHLANDERS, SHARKS, WARATAHS ROUND 9 ANZAC MATCH Friday 21 April Hurricanes v Brumbies Friday 21 April Lions v Jaguares Saturday 22 April Highlanders v Sunwolves Saturday 22 April Crusaders v Stormers Saturday 22 April Waratahs v Kings Saturday 22 April Force v Chiefs Saturday 22 April Bulls v Cheetahs Saturday 22 April Sharks v Rebels BYES: BLUES, REDS


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SUPER RUGBY DRAW 2017 | ROUNDS 10 - 17 ROUND 10 MATCH Friday 28 April Highlanders v Stormers Saturday 29 April Chiefs v Sunwolves Saturday 29 April Reds v Waratahs Saturday 29 April Force v Lions Saturday 29 April Cheetahs v Crusaders Saturday 29 April Kings v Rebels Saturday 29 April Jaguares v Sharks Sunday 30 April Brumbies v Blues BYES: BULLS, HURRICANES ROUND 11 MATCH Friday 5 May Hurricanes v Stormers Friday 5 May Cheetahs v Highlanders Saturday 6 May Rebels v Lions Saturday 6 May Chiefs v Reds Saturday 6 May Waratahs v Blues Saturday 6 May Sharks v Force Saturday 6 May Bulls v Crusaders Saturday 6 May Jaguares v Sunwolves BYES: BRUMBIES, KINGS ROUND 12 MATCH Friday 12 May Blues v Cheetahs Friday 12 May Brumbies v Lions Saturday 13 May Crusaders v Hurricanes Saturday 13 May Rebels v Reds Saturday 13 May Bulls v Highlanders Saturday 13 May Kings v Sharks Saturday 13 May Jaguares v Force BYES: CHIEFS, STORMERS, SUNWOLVES, WARATAHS ROUND 13 MATCH Friday 19 May Chiefs v Crusaders Friday 19 May Stormers v Blues Saturday 20 May Hurricanes v Cheetahs Saturday 20 May Force v Highlanders Saturday 20 May Sunwolves v Sharks Saturday 20 May Kings v Brumbies Saturday 20 May Lions v Bulls Sunday 21 May Waratahs v Rebels BYES: JAGUARES, REDS ROUND 14 MATCH Friday 26 May Blues v Chiefs Friday 26 May Reds v Force Saturday 27 May Sunwolves v Cheetahs Saturday 27 May Highlanders v Waratahs Saturday 27 May Rebels v Crusaders Saturday 27 May Bulls v Hurricanes Saturday 27 May Sharks v Stormers Saturday 27 May Jaguares v Brumbies Sunday 28 May Lions v Kings

HOME VENUE TBC TBC Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane nib Stadium, Perth Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires GIO Stadium, Canberra

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DATE / TIME (AWST) Fri 28 Apr, 15:35 Sat 29 Apr, 15:35 Sat 29 Apr, 17:45 Sat 29 Apr, 19:55 Sat 29 Apr, 23:15 Sun 30 Apr, 1:30 Sun 30 Apr, 3:40 Sun 30 Apr, 14:05

HOME VENUE TBC Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein AAMI Park, Melbourne TBC Allianz Stadium, Sydney Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires

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DATE / TIME (AWST) Fri 5 May, 15:35 Sat 6 May, 1:00 Sat 6 May, 13:00 Sat 6 May, 15:35 Sat 6 May, 17:45 Sat 6 May, 21:05 Sat 6 May, 23:15 Sun 7 May, 5:40

HOME VENUE TBC GIO Stadium, Canberra AMI Stadium, Christchurch AAMI Park, Melbourne Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires

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DATE / TIME (AWST) Fri 12 May, 15:35 Fri 12 May, 17:45 Sat 13 May, 15:35 Sat 13 May, 17:45 Sat 13 May, 21:05 Sat 13 May, 23:15 Sun 14 May, 5:40

HOME VENUE TBC DHL Newlands, Cape Town TBC nib Stadium, Perth Singapore National Stadium, Singapore Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg Allianz Stadium, Sydney

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DATE / TIME (AWST) Fri 19 May, 15:35 Sat 20 May, 1:00 Sat 20 May, 15:35 Sat 20 May, 17:45 Sat 20 May, 19:55 Sat 20 May, 21:05 Sat 20 May, 23:15 Sun 21 May, 14:05

HOME VENUE TBC Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo TBC AAMI Park, Melbourne Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg

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DATE / TIME (AWST) Fri 26 May, 15:35 Fri 26 May, 17:45 Sat 27 May, 13:15 Sat 27 May, 15:35 Sat 27 May, 17:45 Sat 27 May, 21:05 Sat 27 May, 23:15 Sun 28 May, 5:40 Sun 28 May, 20:30

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ROUND 16 (NZC only) MATCH Friday 9 June Hurricanes v Chiefs BYES: BLUES, CRUSADERS, HIGHLANDERS ROUND 15 (SA1 & SA2 only MATCH Friday 30 June Jaguares v Kings Saturday 1 July Lions v Sunwolves Saturday 1 July Cheetahs v Stormers Saturday 1 July Sharks v Bulls ROUND 16 (AC, SA1 & SA2 only) MATCH Friday 7 July Reds v Brumbies Friday 7 July Force v Rebels Saturday 8 July Waratahs v Jaguares Saturday 8 July Bulls v Kings Saturday 8 July Stormers v Sunwolves BYES: CHEETAHS, LIONS, SHARKS ROUND 17 MATCH Friday 14 July Highlanders v Reds Friday 14 July Rebels v Jaguares Friday 14 July Kings v Cheetahs Saturday 15 July Sunwolves v Blues Saturday 15 July Chiefs v Brumbies Saturday 15 July Hurricanes v Crusaders Saturday 15 July Force v Waratahs Saturday 15 July Sharks v Lions Saturday 15 July Bulls v Stormers

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HOME VENUE Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban HOME VENUE Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane nib Stadium, Perth Allianz Stadium, Sydney Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria DHL Newlands, Cape Town

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SUPER RUGBY QUALIFIERS Friday 21 July Friday 21 July Saturday 22 July Saturday 22 July

SUPER RUGBY QUALIFIERS Friday 28 July Saturday 29 July

ROUND 15 (AUS & NZ only) Friday 2 June Saturday 3 June Saturday 3 June Saturday 3 June Saturday 3 June

MATCH Blues v Reds Crusaders v Highlanders Chiefs v Waratahs Brumbies v Rebels Force v Hurricanes

SUPER RUGBY FINAL Saturday 5 August

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JERMAINE AINSLEY PROFILE #137 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Instagram:

181cm 115kg 08/08/1995 Clyde, Central Otago, NZ Chur @ainsley_jermaine

PROFILE 21-year-old prop Jermaine Ainsley rose through the RugbyWA ranks culminating in a break out maiden Super Rugby season in 2016. The tighthead represented the Western Australian Under 20’s and the Force ‘A’ team before a standout season with Nedlands in the Pindan Premier Grade saw him earn place in the Perth Spirit squad. Rewarded with a training spot with the Road Safety Western Force for the 2016 season Ainsley debuted in Round One against the Melbourne Rebels. After earning nine Super Rugby caps Ainsley was a key member of the Spirit’s title winning side. Having turned down the Highlanders and Chiefs to sign on until 2018, the Sea of Blue can look forward to more quality performances from the young front rower.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Prop Kaikorai Rugby Football Club Otago Boys High School Nedlands 2016 v Rebels

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2015-2016:

Perth Spirit

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

9 9 0

Points Points Points

0 0 0

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2016:

Caps

9

Points

0

TIMELINE 2015

2016

Represents the Western Australian U20’s and the Force ‘A’ team. Stars for Nedlands in Pindan Premier Grade winning side and earns place on Perth Spirit roster. Earns wider training place with Western Force. Makes Super Rugby debut in Round One against the Rebels, plays nine matches in strong debut season. Signs full two year contract. Plays Perth Spirit including outstanding performances in the semi-final and final.


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RICHIE ARNOLD PROFILE Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Instagram:

208cm 120kg 01/07/1990 Wagga Wagga, NSW Big Rich @richiearnold90

PROFILE Towering lock Richie Arnold, the twin brother of Brumbies and Wallabies lock Rory Arnold, is entering his second season with the Road Safety Western Force. Standing at 208cm and weighing in at 120kg Arnold cuts an imposing figure but a torrid run with injury kept the 26-year-old out of action last season. After working his way back solidly through discipline rehabilitation work Arnold has set his sights on a Super Rugby debut in 2017. With a burning hunger to test himself at the top level Arnold brings incredible physicality to everything he does. If the big man can keep his body right the Sea of Blue can look forward to seeing Arnold bring his mongrel style of play to the Force pack.

RUGBY CAREER Position: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Lock Murwillumbah High School Nedlands N/A

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2015:

Queensland Country

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

0 0 0

Points Points Points

0 0 0

TIMELINE 2013 2014 2015 2016

Plays third grade in country New South Wales for the Murwillumbah Bananas. Moves to Queensland to play for the Gold Coast Breakers. Plays for Queensland Country in the Buildcorp NRC and joins the Western Force as part of the wider training group. Multiple injury setbacks keep him off the track. Re-signs for another year with the Force in November.


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MARCEL BRACHE PROFILE #121 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

190cm 91kg 15/10/1987 Los Angeles, USA Marcey @brache87 @marcelbrache

PROFILE Marcel Brache is an energetic winger blessed with extraordinary agility in open play, strong speed and power in the contact area. Since joining the club in 2014 the 29-year-old has established himself as a regular starter in the Road Safety Western Force back three, notching up 37caps in three seasons. Remarkably Brache had endured a 32-game try scoring drought before he scored a memorable hat-trick against the Sunwolves in Tokyo in Round 11 last season. The loveable South African is not only an asset on the field but brilliant teammate off it, taking home the Geoffrey Stooke Force Man Award in 2016.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Winger Rondebosch Boys High School Rondebosch Boys High School Perth Bayswater (Stormers) 2012 v Lions

TIMELINE 2010 2011

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2012: 2010-2013:

2012

Stormers Currie Cup - Western Province

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

37 38 0

Points Points Points

15 15 0

2014

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2014: 2015: 2016:

Caps Caps Caps

9 15 13

Points Points Points

2013

0 0 15

2015

2016

Plays for the University of Cape Town Ikey Tigers, finishing second and losing the grand final to Maties, 17-14. Represents the Ikey Tigers including at outside centre in their 26-16 Varsity Cup final win over Tuks (University of Pretoria). Makes his Super Rugby debut for the Stormers in the side’s 27-17 win over the Lions; named vice-captain for Western Province; plays for Western Province including the Currie Cup final where the side defeated the Natal Sharks 25-18 to take the title. Plays for Western Province in the Currie Cup in their minor premiership-winning season; signs with the Western Force. Makes his debut for the Western Force in Round Four against the Rebels, earning nine caps; plays four matches with the Perth Spirit in the Buildcorp NRC. Becomes a regular figure in the Western Force backline playing 15 matches with 12 run-on starts. earning nine caps; plays four matches with the Perth Spirit in the Buildcorp NRC. Plays 13 matches for the Force starting in 11. Awarded Geoffrey Stooke Force Man Award for best team-man and wins Buildcorp NRC title with Perth Spirit.


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LUKE BURTON PROFILE #123 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

180cm 92kg 17/02/1994 Perth, Western Australia Burto @LukeBurton @lukeyburton

PROFILE West Australian product Luke Burton had a breakout season with the Road Safety Western Force in 2015 only to be hampered by a foot injury last year but with a full preseason under his belt ‘Burto’ is primed to take Super Rugby by storm in 2017. A versatile playmaker, Burton possess brilliant skill with ball in hand, a sound kicking game and a knack for putting his teammates through gaps. With the ability to play at both flyhalf and inside centre the former Hale School boy and Australian Under 20s representative looms as serious weapon in the Force backline this season.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

2009 2010

Flyhalf Associates Hale School Associates 2014 v Stormers

2011 2012

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2013-14:

Australian U20s

2013

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

19 19 0

Points Points Points

47 47 0

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2014: 2015: 2016:

TIMELINE

Caps Caps Caps

2 16 1

Points Points Points

2014 0 47 0

2015 2016

Joins the RugbyWA Academy. Represents Western Australia in the Under 16 National Championships, where WA finishes fifth; kicks a penalty and conversion at the tournament; member of the RugbyWA Academy. Member of the RugbyWA Academy. Invited to join the Western Force in the Wider Training Squad; selected for the South Australian President’s XV that is defeated 42-0 by the Western Force in Adelaide. Trains with the Western Force during the preseason; Plays in the Western Force’s trial match against the Tonga XV; selected in the Australian Under 20 side to contend the IRB Junior World Cup in France; plays in every match, scoring tries against New Zealand and Fiji and kicking three conversions for the tournament. Makes his Super Rugby debut for the Western Force in Round 14 against the Stormers; selected in the Australian Under 20 side that finishes fifth in the IRB Junior World Cup in New Zealand, playing in three matches including starting against Italy and scoring 14 points in the match. Plays 16 matches for the Force, starting in 8; scored 47 points. Represents Perth Spirit in 2015 Buildcorp NRC. Returns from foot injury in Round 13 against the Blues in Perth but re-injures same foot just 19-minutes into his return match.


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ADAM COLEMAN PROFILE #120 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Instagram:

204cm 122kg 07/10/1991 Hobart, Tasmania Adzy @adamcoleman13

PROFILE After a breakout Super Rugby season leading to his Test debut against England in the June Test Series, Adam Coleman has firmly established himself as a cornerstone of the Road Safety Western Force pack and the future of the Wallabies’ second row. The 204cm giant took on a leadership role in 2016 as the head lineout caller and thrived under the responsibility. Coleman carried his spectacular Super Rugby form into the Test arena playing nine Tests and earning many admirers thanks to his powerful ball running, set-piece expertise, strong work ethic and uncompromising nature. A knee injury against Scotland on the Spring Tour cut Coleman’s international season short but entering his fourth year with the club expect Coleman to take his game to new heights in 2017.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

TIMELINE 2009

Lock Glenmorchy Stags Elizabeth College Cottesloe (Waratahs) 2013 v Force

2010

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS

2011

2009: 2011: 2013: 2016:

2012 2013

Tasmania U18s, Combined States U18s National Academy NSW Waratahs Wallabies

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

38 39 9

Points Points Points

5 5 10

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2014: 2015: 2016:

Caps Caps Caps

14 12 12

Points Points Points

2014

2015 0 5 0

2016

Represents Tasmania in the Under 18s at the National Championships; selected in the Under 18s Combined States side that loses to Queensland in the final of the Division One Championship, 41-17. Moves to Canberra and joins the Brumbies Academy. Selected in the National Academy joins Parramatta in the Shute Shield. Represents Parramatta. Heads west to join the Western Force in the wider training squad during pre-season for four weeks; playing one match for Force ‘A’; called up to the NSW Waratahs squad as an injury-replacement; makes his Super Rugby debut off the bench in Round 17 against the Western Force in Perth. Makes his debut for the Western Force in the Round Four, 32-7 victory over the Rebels in Perth, playing 14 matches in total for the Western Force. Plays 12 matches for the Western Force and scores his maiden Super Rugby try against the Bulls in Round Six. Plays and starts 12 matches for the Force, makes Test debut against England in Sydney. Stars for the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship and Spring Tour.


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ROBBIE COLEMAN PROFILE Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

179cm 84kg 03/08/1990 Queanbeyan, Australia Prince @rcoleman_1 @r_coleman1

PROFILE He burst onto the scene as a prolific aged-grade representative in 2010, and now 26-year-old Robbie Coleman has left Canberra to head West and continue his rugby career. With 80 Super Rugby caps to his name, the 2014 Brumbies top-try-scorer formed one of the most electric combinations in Australian rugby with Henry Speight and Joe Tomane. Affectionately dubbed the ‘Prince of Queanbeyan’ by Wallabies veteran Matt Giteau, Coleman will be working hard to prove his worth in the West and with the ability to play flyhalf, inside centre and fullback will be a valuable inclusion to the Road Safety Force backline.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Utility back Queanbeyan St Edmunds College, Canberra Perth Spirit (Brumbies) 2010 v Reds

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2010:

TIMELINE

Australian Men’s Sevens, Commonwealth games (Delhi)

2010 2011

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

0 80 0

Points Points Points

0 85 0

2012 2013 2014

2015 2016

Made his Super Rugby debut for the Brumbies in Round 12 win over the Reds. Had 13 appearances for the Brumbies including four starts and nine matches off the bench. Scored two tries, including his first Super Rugby try against the Chiefs in Round One. Makes 11 appearances for the Brumbies including four matches as the starting fullback. Scored two tries in the season. Scores three tries across 12 appearances for the Brumbies. Starts three matches at fullback. Scores eight tries to finish the season as the Brumbies equal-leading-try-scorer. Becomes the Brumbies regular left-winger starting in 15 matches. Continues as a regular fixture in the Brumbies starting 15 at both fullback and outside centre. Makes 10 appearances for the Brumbies with most split between the left wing or inside centre.


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ANGUS COTTRELL PROFILE #88 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

191cm 105kg 20/11/1989 Brisbane, Qld Gussy, Goose @AngusCottrell @goulds89

PROFILE 27-year-old Angus Cottrell is everything you want from a backrower; powerful with ball in hand, skilful, aggressive at the breakdown and work horse around the ground. Cottrell was one of the Road Safety Force’s most consistent contributors in 2016 playing 14 matches with nine starts. The Brisbane-born flanker joined the club in 2011 and notched up his 50th cap for the club against the Crusaders in Round Seven last season putting in a man-of-the-match performance. In a cruel blow Cottrell ruptured his ACL in the second last round of the season against the Stormers and will likely be sidelined for much of the 2017 season.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

TIMELINE 2008 2009 2010 2011

Back Row Wests Taylor Bridge Brisbane Boys College Associates 2012 v Brumbies

2012

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2012-Present: Western Force

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

57 57 0

Points Points Points

25 25 0

2014

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2012: 2013: 2014: 2015: 2016:

Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps

7 9 13 14 14

Points Points Points Points Points

2013

0 5 5 10 5

2015

2016

Named Wests Bulldogs ‘Colts Player of the Year’; makes his Hospital Cup debut for Wests Bulldogs in Brisbane First Grade. Represents Wests in Brisbane’s Hospital Cup. Represents Wests in Brisbane’s Hospital Cup. Represents Wests in Brisbane’s Hospital Cup; named Wests Bulldogs ‘Senior Player of the Year’; joins the Western Force Extended Playing Squad. Makes his Super Rugby debut against the Brumbies in Canberra in Week One; earns his first run-on start against the Waratahs in Week Four; plays seven matches for the Western Force during the Super Rugby season. Plays nine matches for the Western Force, starting in eight; scores his maiden try against the Bulls in Round Three; plays six matches for Associates in the Pindan Premier Grade, scoring three tries. A regular starter in the Western Force’s back row, playing 13 matches; scores his second Super Rugby try in Round Four against the Melbourne Rebels; suffers a season ending ankle injury in Round 16 against the Crusaders. Played 14 matches starting in 10 and scoring two tries. Consistent performer for the Perth Spirit in the Buildcorp NRC, captaining the side against the Canberra Vikings. Played 14 matches with nine starts, man of the match in 50th cap against the Crusaders at the ‘Force Field’ in Round Seven, suffers serious knee injury in Round 16.


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PEKAHOU COWAN PROFILE #28 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

185cm 115kg 02/06/1986 Wellington, NZ Pekka @Pekcowan @pekcowan

PROFILE The veteran loosehead Pek Cowan added 12 caps in 2016 and with 117 Super Rugby appearances to his name the 30-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down. The 10time capped Wallaby is a cornerstone of the Road Safety Force pack thanks to his scrummaging ability and strength in contact. Cowan was in fine form for the Perth Spirit on the way to the Buildcorp NRC title and is primed for another big year in his 12th season with the club.

TIMELINE 2004

RUGBY CAREER Prop Newport (NSW) Narrabeen Sports High Wests Scarborough 2006 v Waratahs

2005

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS

2008

Australian U21s 2005: Australia A 2008: 2009-11 & 14: Wallabies

2009

CAREER STATS

2010

Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

117 117 10

Points Points Points

2006 2007

25 25 0

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2006: 2007: 2008: 2009: 2010: 2011: 2012: 2013: 2014: 2015: 2016:

Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps

1 0 9 12 10 12 16 15 16 14 12

Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points

0 0 0 0 5 0 0 10 5 5 0

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

2016

Australian Schoolboys; selected for Australian U19’s side. Member of the Australian Under 21 side; selected in Australian Under 19 squad; signs with the Force. Makes his Super Rugby debut. Represents Perth Spirit in the one-off Australian Rugby Championship Makes his Super Rugby starting debut; plays nine matches; member of Australia A squad. Plays 12 matches; wins the ‘Force Man’ Award; makes his Test debut for the Wallabies; called into the Wallabies’ Tri Nations squad; selected for Wallabies’ Spring Tour. Plays 10 Super Rugby matches; scores his maiden Super Rugby try; earns a Wallabies test cap. Plays 12 Super Rugby matches; misses the final four matches with a broken cheekbone; earns his fifth Test cap for the Wallabies. Plays all 16 matches for the Western Force. Plays 15 Super Rugby matches; scores two tries; captain in Weeks One, Five and Six. Selected for Wallabies squad, earning two caps off the bench against France in the June Test series and three in the Rugby Championship. Plays 14 Super Rugby matches; becomes second-most capped Force player behind Matt Hodgson on April 24th against the Chiefs in Waikato, New Zealand. Plays 12 Super Rugby matches with 11 appearances in the starting XV. Played four matches for the Perth Spirit including Grand Final win over NSW Country.


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BEN DALEY PROFILE Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

184cm 111kg 27/06/1988 Sydney, NSW Dales @bennydaley @bennydaley88

PROFILE Three time capped Wallaby prop Ben Daley joins the Road Safety Western Force after 80 Super Rugby games across nine seasons for the Queensland Reds, including starting at loosehead prop in their championship-winning side in 2011. A gritty and relentless player Daley has earned a reputation for his incredible work ethic and team first attitude over the course of his career and brings an incredible amount of experience to the Force front row. After an injury plagued last few seasons Daley will be hoping a change of scenery will bring a change of fortune as he looks to establish himself as a mainstay in the Western Force match day 23 this season.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Prop Currunbin-Tungun Seahawks All Saints Anglican School TBC (Reds) 2008 v Crusaders

TIMELINE 2008 2009

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS

2010

2005: 2006: 2007-08: 2010:

2011

Australian Schoolboys Australia U19s Australia U20s Wallabies

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

2012 0 80 3

Points Points Points

0 10 0

2013 2014 2015

2016

After playing Australian Schoolboys, U19 and U20 Daley made his Super Rugby debut for the Queensland Reds against the Crusaders. Adds five Super Rugby caps in his second season with the Reds. Starts at loose head in 12 of Reds’ 13 matches. Makes Test debut against England, playing three Tests in maiden international season. Started at loose head prop in the Super Rugby Championship winning Reds team, beating the Crusaders to win their first title. Selected in Wallabies squad. Regular starter for the Reds earning his 50th cap for Queensland. Limited to just seven games following an injury suffered in pre-season. Played 11 matches for the Reds in an injury interrupted Super Rugby season. Played eight games after missing the back half of the season following a shoulder dislocation. Launches ‘Be Great. Do Good’ campaign raising funds and support for 16 charities. Plays first three matches of 2016 Super Rugby season before suffering torn pectoral, returns for final match the season. Signs with the Western Force in July.


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TETERA FAULKNER PROFILE #81 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Instagram:

178cm 117kg 26/07/1988 Tauranga, NZ Tet, T @teterafaulkner

PROFILE Industrious tighthead prop Tetera Faulkner added 10 caps to his name in 2016 and brought up his 50th Road Safety Western Force cap against the Waratahs in front of the Sea of Blue in Round Seven. Over the last six seasons the 28-year-old has made a name for himself as a powerful scrummager, diligent worker all over the park and a strong ball runner. Faulkner suffered a serious achilles injury in Round 15 and after a solid rehabilitation program will aim to come back stronger than ever this season and return to the form that saw him collect two Test caps in 2014.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Prop Moorabbin Rams Marist College Wanneroo 2011 v Rebels

2009 2010

Australian Schoolboys Australian U19s Australian U20s Wallabies

2011

2012

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

55 55 2

Points Points Points

10 10 0

Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps

1 2 12 14 16 10

Points Points Points Points Points Points

2013 2014

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2011: 2012: 2013: 2014: 2015: 2016:

2006 2007

2008

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2006: 2007: 2008: 2014:

TIMELINE

0 0 0 0 10 0

2015

2016

Member of Australian Schoolboys side. Joins the Brumbies Academy; represents Australian side that finishes third at the IRB U19 World Championship; awarded ACT Under 19 Player of the Year. Member of the Brumbies Academy; member of the Australian U20 side that finishes fifth at IRB Junior World Championship in Wales. Spends a year away from rugby working as a labourer in Melbourne. A member of the Southern Districts side that finishes second in Sydney’s Shute Shield. Member of the Waratahs Academy; signs with the Western Force until 2013; makes his Super Rugby debut off the bench against the Rebels in Week 18. Makes his run-on debut against the Crusaders in Week 18; plays two matches for the Force; scores eight tries for Wanneroo in Pindan Premier Grade. Plays 12 matches for the Force, starting at tighthead in three. Plays 14 matches; selected in the Wallabies squad for the final Bledisloe Cup match and the Spring Tour; plays three matches with the Perth Spirit. Plays all 16 matches for the Force in 2015, starting in 15 and scoring two tries. Represents the Perth Spirit in the Buildcorp NRC as one of the side’s two marquee players. Plays 10 matches and earns 50th Western Force cap against Waratahs in Round Seven before suffering a season ending Achilles injury against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.


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PETER GRANT PROFILE #136 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

186cm 92kg 15/08/1984 Durban, South Africa Bash @PeterGrant @bashgrant

PROFILE Former Stormers and Springboks flyhalf, Peter Grant played 12 matches in his debut season with the Road Safety Western Force including six appearances in the No.10 jersey. With 11 years of professional rugby experience behind him the five-time capped Springbok has built his game around eagerness to attack, brilliant decision making under pressure and a strong tactical kicking game. The 32-year-old is just a dangerous off the kicking tee as he is with ball in hand, currently sitting eighth on the all-time Super Rugby points scoring list with a massive 918-points. Grant’s experience and competitive nature will once again be a huge asset to the Force backline in 2017.

Flyhalf Maritzburg College Maritzburg College Wanneroo (Stormers) 2006 v Cats

2008 2009 2010

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2002: 2003: 2007: 2007-2008:

South African Schoolboys South African U19s Emerging Springboks Springboks

2011

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

2012 12 119 5

Points Points Points

52 918 0

Caps

12

Points

2013 2014

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2016:

2006 2007

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

TIMELINE

52

2015 2016

Makes Super Rugby debut for the Stormers against the Cats as a 21 year old. After a standout second season for the Stormers Grant makes his test debut against the Wallabies in Sydney. Plays 13 matches, starting in 12 at flyhalf and scores 117 points. Plays 13 matches for the Stormers as well as six appearances for Western Province in the Currie Cup. Is an influential member of the Stormers runner-up finish after losing to the Bulls in the final. Playing and starting in 14 matches; scores 141-points. Plays 10 matches and helps the Stormers return to the semi-finals where they went down to the Crusaders. Signs with Japanese side, Kolbelco Steelers, making 13 appearances. Guides the Stormers to the semi-finals scoring 144 points in the season and returns to Japan to play 10 matches for Kolbelco Steelers. Plies his trade for another season in Japan with Kolbelco scoring 102-points in 11 games. Returns to the Stormers, earning his 100th Super Rugby cap against the Western Force in Cape Town. Signs with French Top 14 club, La Rochelle, plays 22 matches. Puts pen-to-paper with the Western Force in July, committing for two seasons. Played 12 matches in debut season with the Western Force; starting six and scoring 52-points.


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RICHARD HARDWICK PROFILE #140 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Instagram:

183cm 103kg 31/05/1994 Windhook, Namibia Dickie @richard_hardwick

PROFILE Future Force Foundation product Richard Hardwick has been elevated to the senior group after impressing when called upon last season. The 22-year-old made his Super Rugby debut in Round Six last season against the Highlanders and went on to play a further three games in a whirldwind year for the young back rower. The UWA product starred for the Perth Spirit in the Buildcorp NRC and put in a heroic defensive performance in the Grand Final to be named the inaugural Phil Waugh Medalist. The Namibian-born flanker’s aggression in contact and tenacity at the breakdown has drawn comparisons with a young Matt Hodgson and ‘Dickie’ will be pushing to add to his four caps this season.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Backrow UWA Churchlands Senior High School UWA 2016 v Highlanders

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2011: 2012-14: 2014-16:

Australia ‘A’ Schoolboys Force ‘A’ Perth Spirit

TIMELINE 2011

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

4 4 0

Points Points Points

0 0 0

2012 2013 2014

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2016:

Caps

4

Points

0

2015 2016

Joins RugbyWA Academy, represents WA Schoolboys and Australia ‘A’ Schoolboys. Selected to represent Perth Gold and Force ‘A’. Selected to represent Force ‘A’. Features in all of the Perth Spirit’s matches including the grand final. Plays WA U20’s and joins Western Force wider training group. Starts at blindside flanker in UWA’s Pindan Premier Grade grand final winning side. Joins the Future Force Foundation as one of three inaugural members. Plays Perth Spirit. Makes Super Rugby debut against the Highlanders, playing four matches in debut season. Key player for the Perth Spirit, winning inaugural Phil Waugh Medal for man of the match in the grand final. Signs first full contract with the Western Force in October.


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DANE HAYLETT-PETTY PROFILE #49 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

190cm 100kg 18/06/1989 Durban, South Africa Bull, DHP @danehp @danehp

PROFILE Dane Haylett-Petty enjoyed the best season of his career to date in 2016, establishing himself as one of the premier fullbacks in Super Rugby. The 27-year-old topped Super Rugby in carries and run metres in 2016 and was a shining light for the club, winning the Nathan Sharpe Medal by a record margin and the Member’s MVP. The Cottesloe product’s domestic form saw him make his Test debut against England in June before going on to play 14 Tests in his first international season, scoring four tries to be named Wallabies Rookie of the Year. With Haylett-Petty in career best form as part of a revamped Road Safety Force backline the Sea of Blue has plenty to look forward to in 2017.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Fullback Cottesloe Hale School Cottesloe 2008 v Chiefs

2007

2008

2009 2010

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2007: 2007-08: 2008-09: 2016:

TIMELINE

2011

Australian ‘A’ Schoolboys Australian Sevens Australian U20s Wallabies

2012 2013

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

43 43 14

Points Points Points

30 30 20

2015

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2008: 2009: 2010: 2014: 2015: 2016:

Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps

3 1 8 9 10 14

Points Points Points Points Points Points

2014

0 0 5 5 5 15

2016

Selected in the Western Australian state side for the National Championships; selected in the Australian ‘A’ Schoolboys; selected in the Australian Sevens. Signs with the Western Force, playing three matches; represents Australia at the IRB Junior World Championships where they finish fifth, scoring a record four-try haul against Canada; selected in the Australian Sevens. Plays one match with the Western Force; selected again in the Australian IRB Junior World Championship squad, finishing fourth. Plays eight matches for the Force, scores his first try against the Hurricanes; signs with French club, Biarritz. Plays with French club Biarritz, finishing fifth in the Top 14 competition. Plays with French club Biarritz, earns his 50th club cap. Plays with Japanese club, Toyota Shokki Shuttles; signs with the Western Force for one season. Makes his first appearance for the Western Force at fullback in the 28-16 win over the NSW Waratahs; scores his first try in four years for the Force against the Crusaders in Christchurch. Makes 10 appearances for the Force and starts at fullback in younger brother Ross’ debut against the Stormers in Perth in Round 10. Wins Nathan Sharpe Medal and Western Force Members’ MVP. Makes Test debut against England at Suncorp Stadium. Played 14 Tests caps in first international season, scoring four tries to be named Wallabies Rookie of the Year.


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ROSS HAYLETT-PETTY PROFILE #131 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Instagram:

197cm 118kg 10/01/1994 Durban, South Africa Rosco @rosshaylettpetty

PROFILE After making his debut in 2015, Ross Haylett-Petty enjoyed a breakout season for the Road Safety Western Force in 2016 playing 13 matches and establishing himself a regular in the starting team with 10 appearances in the second row alongside Adam Coleman. The 23-year-old made his impact felt last season thanks to his powerful ball running, good offloading ability and love for contact. The Cottesloe product and former Australian Under 20’s representative’s stellar season was recognised when he took out the club’s Rising Star Award. Haylett-Petty was huge for the Perth Spirit in their charge to the Buildcorp NRC title and is primed for the best season of his young career in 2017.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Lock, Backrow Cottesloe Hale School Cottesloe 2015 v Stormers

TIMELINE

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2014: 2014-16:

2009 2010

Australian U20s, Force ‘A’ Perth Spirit

2011

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

15 15 0

Points Points Points

0 0 0

2014

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2015: 2016:

Caps Caps

2 13

Points Points

0 0

2015

2016

Represents Western Australia in the Under 16s. Represents Western Australia in the State Schoolboys. Represents Western Australia in the State Schoolboys. Represents the Force A; represents Western Australia in the Combined States Under 20s; selected in the Australian Under 20 side for the IRB Junior World Championships in New Zealand. Plays two matches with the Perth Spirit; signs with the Western Force as an Extended Playing Squad member. Makes Super Rugby debut coming off the bench for the Force against the Stormers in Perth in Round 10, earns second cap of the bench against the Blues in Auckland in Round 12. Represents Perth Spirit in Buildcorp National Rugby Championship. Plays 13 matches for the Western Force and is awarded the Rising Star Award. Plays six matches for the Perth Spirit including the Grand Final win over NSW Country.


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MATT HODGSON PROFILE #7 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

185cm 100kg 25/06/1981 Sydney, NSW Hodgo @matthodgson678 @matthodgson678

PROFILE Inaugural player Matt Hodgson enters his 12th season with the club and the Sea of Blue can expect the same hardnosed approach from the openside flanker. The six-time capped Wallaby played 11 matches for the Force last season topping the competition in tackles per game and ranked seventh in pilfers. ‘Hodgo’ has signed on for 2017 but has opted to hand over the captaincy as he looks to transition into a coaching role with the club.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

2006

Back Row Avoca Beach Sharks St Edwards College Wanneroo 2006 v Brumbies

2007 2008

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2002: 2004-05 & 08: 2005 & 2008: 2010: 2009-11 & 14:

2009

Australian U21s Australian Sevens Australia A Australian Barbarians Wallabies

2010

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

2011 131 131 6

Points Points Points

90 90 0

2012

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2006: 2007: 2008: 2009: 2010: 2011: 2012: 2013: 2014: 2015: 2016:

Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps

TIMELINE

12 8 10 13 13 13 14 14 16 7 11

Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points

0 0 5 0 10 0 10 10 30 15 10

2013 2014 2015 2016

Starts at openside flanker in the Western Force’s inaugural match against the Brumbies; plays 12 matches; named the inaugural Force Man. Plays eight matches; wins Force Man award. Plays 10 matches for the Force, scores maiden Super Rugby try. Plays 13 matches; named Western Force Player of the Year; makes his Wallabies debut against the Barbarians; selected for the Wallabies’ Spring Tour. Earns 50th Force cap; named Western Force Player of the Year and Force Man; makes Test debut against Fiji; earns caps against England, New Zealand and Italy. Plays 13 matches for the Force; earns his first Test start against Samoa; adds a further cap against South Africa; called into the Wallabies’ World Cup squad; selected for Spring Tour; receives the RUPA Academic Award. Plays 14 matches for the Force; named Club Captain for the 2013 season. Plays 14 matches for the Force captaining the side and scoring two tries; named Force Man for the fourth time. First player to play 100 matches for the Force; selected in Wallabies’ Test series against France, The Rugby Championship and Spring Tour. Misses first 10 games through injury but returns to start in seven matches. Plays 11 matches scoring two tries before suffering a season ending shoulder injury against the Blues in Round 13.


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KANE KOTEKA PROFILE #130 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

182cm 97kg 08/01/1994 Perth, Western Australia Boogie @KaneKoteka @kanekoteka

PROFILE Local product Kane Koteka is an industrious No.7 who prides himself on an incredible work ethic, silky skills with ball in hand and a fearless approach to the breakdown and contact areas. A product of the Future Force Foundation Koteka played just one Super Rugby match in 2016 despite some fantastic form for Wests Scarborough in the Pindan Premier Grade. Koteka captained his childhood club to their first premiership in 10 years and finished third in the PG Hampshire Award voting. The 23-year-old also captained the Road Safety Western Force 10s to the World Club 10s title and claimed the Buildcorp NRC title with the Perth Spirit. Entering his second full season Koteka will be keen for more opportunities in 2017.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Flanker Wests Scarborough Aranmore Catholic College Wests Scarborough 2015 v Hurricanes

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2011: 2012: 2013-14: 2014: 2014-16:

TIMELINE 2011 2012 2013

WA Schoolboys Perth Gold Force ‘A’ WA U20s, Combined States U20s Perth Spirit

2014

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

11 11 0

Points Points Points

0 0 0

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2015: 2016:

Caps Caps

10 1

Points Points

0 0

2015

2016

Selected for the WA Schoolboys. Is selected to represent Perth Gold. After standout performances for club and state teams was selected to represent Force ‘A’. Joins the Future Force program. Is selected in WA Under 20s side and subsequent Combined States side. Was a standout performer for the Perth Spirit in the Buildcorp NRC playing every match before a shoulder injury ruled him out of the grand final. Made his Super Rugby debut against the Hurricanes at nib Stadium. Played 10 matches in a break-out season, taking out the Western Force’s Rookie of the Year Award along with Ryan Louwrens. Plays one match for the Force. Captains Wests to Pindan Premier Grade title and Western Force 10s to World Club 10s Championship. Plays four matches for the Perth Spirit including the Grand Final.


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JONO LANCE PROFILE #134 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

183cm 92kg 27/06/1990 Canberra, ACT Jono, JL @jonno_lance @jonno_lance

PROFILE Jono Lance is a talented play maker with the ability to direct the attack and control the game as well as create something from nothing with a single piece of brilliance. The two time Super Rugby champion joined the Road Safety Force last season and started with a bang scoring 36 points in the first three matches before a pectoral injury sidelined him for 12 weeks. The 26-year-old starred for the Perth Spirit in the Buildcorp NRC before being called into the Wallabies Spring Tour squad. Lance was a late inclusion on the Wallabies bench to face France although didn’t earn a cap before playing in the Wallaby XV against the French Barbarians. A true playmaker, Lance will be a cornerstone of the Force attack in 2017.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Flyhalf Central Coast The Southport School Associates (Reds) 2011 vs. Force

TIMELINE 2010 2011

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2010: 2010-11: 2011-13: 2014-15: 2016:

Australian U20s Australian Sevens Queensland Reds NSW Waratahs Wallaby XV

2012 2013 2014

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

6 39 0

Points Points Points

39 52 0

2015

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2016:

Caps

6

Points

39

2016

Member of Queensland Reds Academy; represents Australia at Under 20 World Championships alongside Luke Morahan. Represents Australia at World Sevens Series in Dubai before making his Super Rugby debut against the Force in Perth. Plays three matches for the Reds in his second season. Earns 13 caps for the Reds, scoring his maiden Super Rugby try, before signing on to join the Waratahs. Joins the NSW Waratahs on a two-year deal. Used as a valuable utility member of a strong Waratahs backline, Lance plays nine matches in the side’s title-winning season. Plays two Super Rugby matches for the Waratahs, stars for the NSW Country Eagles in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship taking out the Player of the Season Award. Signs for the Western Force in May. Starts first three games of the season at flyhalf before being struck down by pectoral injury. Stars in Perth Spirit’s title winning season. Called in to Wallabies Spring Tour squad.


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RYAN LOUWRENS PROFILE #132 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Instagram:

179cm 91kg 12/03/1991 Johannesburg, South Africa Louwa, Hundy @louwa9

PROFILE Dynamic scrumhalf Ryan Louwrens enters his fourth season with the Road Safety Western Force and after earning 12 of his 19 Super Rugby caps last year will look to establish himself as the club’s first choice No.9 in 2017. Louwrens has the ability to spark the Force backline with quick ball and quality service and isn’t afraid to take on the defence with ball in hand when gaps present themselves at the base of the ruck. The South African-born 25-year-old came through the RugbyWA Academy pathway and after playing the best rugby of his career in the 2016 Buildcorp NRC is set to reach new heights this Super Rugby season.

RUGBY CAREER

TIMELINE

Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

2008 2009

Scrumhalf Lions MW Der Wet Cottesloe 2015 vs Chiefs

2011 2012

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2012: 2014-16:

2013

Force ‘A’ Perth Spirit

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

19 19 0

Points Points Points

15 15 0

2014

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2015: 2016:

Caps Caps

7 12

Points Points

10 5

2015

2016

Selected to join the RugbyWA Academy. Returns to South Africa and represents Valke at Craven Week Schoolboys tournament; plays in the Under 19 Currie Cup. Re-joins the RugbyWA Academy. Member of the RugbyWA Academy; selected for three matches with Force ’A’. Earns another three caps with Force ‘A’; scores a try for the Western Force in the 46-0 trial match win over Tonga Select XV; signs with the Western Force in the Extended Playing Squad; scores a try in Cottesloe’s 20-14 Pindan Premier Grade grand final loss to Nedlands; finishes second in the tally for the PG Hampshire Award for best and fairest player in the Pindan Premier Grade. Plays both trial matches against Samoa and Pampas XV; starts in all three matches for Force A in the Pacific Rugby Cup, including a try against Junior Japan; suffers a seasonending knee injury in training with the Western Force. Plays seven matches for the Western Force, scoring two tries; plays four games for Cottesloe in the Pindan Premier Grade; wins Western Force rising star award. Plays 12 matches for the Western Force. Stars for Perth Spirit in Buildcorp National Rugby Championship, scoring two tries in the Grand Final win over NSW Country.


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SEMISI MASIREWA PROFILE #138 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

184cm 93kg 09/06/1992 Taveuni, Fiji Misi, Snake @SemisiMasirewa @semisi7

PROFILE Flying Fijian Semisi Masirewa made an immediate impact in his first season with the Road Safety Western Force playing all 15 of the club’s matches in the 2016 season including seven starts on the wing. Blessed with incredible footwork and a knack for beating the first defender the 24-year-old loves having the ball in his hands and looks to do damage with every touch. After a stellar debut year with the club Masirewa will look to take his game to another level after a strong season with the Perth Spirit as he sets his sights on a starting position in what will be a highly competitive back three this season.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Fullback Morrinsville Rugby Club Feilding High School Wests Scarborough 2016 v Rebels

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2013-14: 2014-15:

Waikato

2016:

Perth Spirit

Manawatu

TIMELINE

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

15 15 0

Points Points Points

0 0 0

2014 2015

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2016:

Caps

15

Points

0

2016

Plays 11 matches for Waikato in the National Provincial Championship. Joins the Manawatu Turbos as a loan player, having an outstanding season before breaking his ankle three games from the end of the season. Rejects New Zealand offers to join Western Force on development contract for two seasons. Plays all 15 matches in his debut season with the Force. Wins Pindan Premier Grade title with Wests Scarborough and Buildcorp NRC title with the Perth Spirit.


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BEN MATWIJOW PROFILE Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname:

197cm 111kg 14/02/1990 Sydney, NSW Maj

PROFILE Former Queensland Reds second rower Ben Matwijow is another big addition to the Road Safety Western Force locking stocks this season. The 26-year-old lock joined the Queensland Reds last season as injury cover after winning the ITM Cup with Canterbury and went on to earn 11 caps in his debut season including five appearances in the starting side. Matwijow is no stranger to the Western Force after linking up with the club in a training capacity in 2013 and running out in an exhibition match against the British and Irish Lions. After another stint in New Zealand, this time with Taranaki, the 197cm big man will be keen to show what he can do and look to challenge the other locks for a place in the match day squad.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Lock Nelson Bay Gropers Westfields Sports High School Cottesloe (Reds) 2016 v Waratahs

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2014: 2015: 2016:

NSW Country Eagles Canterbury Taranaki

TIMELINE

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

2012 0 11 0

Points Points Points

0 0 0

2013

2014 2015 2016

Plays for Northern Suburbs Rugby Club in the Shute Shield and joins Melbourne Rebels training squad. Plays for Norths before linking up with the Western Force in a training capacity in 2013 and running out in an exhibition match against the British and Irish Lions. Plays nine games for the NSW Country Eagles in the Buildcorp NRC. Represents Canterbury in New Zealand’s ITM Cup, playing a key role in title winning side. Joins Queensland Reds as injury cover making his debut against the Waratahs. Earns 11 caps in debut Super Rugby season. Returns to New Zealand to play for Taranaki in the Mitre 10 Cup before signing with the Force in July.


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BEN MCCALMAN PROFILE #59 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

192cm 106kg 18/03/1988 Dubbo, NSW Dog @BenMcCalman @benmccalman88

PROFILE McCalman takes over from club legend Matt Hodgson to become the fourth captain of the Road Safety Western Force and the 49-time capped Wallaby is set to thrive in the role. McCalman has established himself as one of the Force’s most consistent players over the last seven seasons thanks to his incredible work ethic, powerful ball running and aggression in contact. McCalman played 11 matches last season and finished third in the Nathan Sharpe Medal. With 91-caps to his name the 28-year-old is set to become the Force’s third centurion and the Sea of Blue can expect another big season from the ‘Dog’.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

No.8 Macquarie Emus Kinross Walaroi School Kalamunda 2010 v Brumbies

2009 2010

2011

CAREER STATS Caps Caps Caps

91 91 49

Points Points Points

55 55 10

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2010: 2011: 2012: 2013: 2014: 2015: 2016:

Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps Caps

2006

2008

Australia A Australian U19s Australian U20s Australian Sevens Wallabies

Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

2005

2007

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2006: 2007: 2008: 2009: 2010-PRES:

TIMELINE

13 16 8 14 14 15 11

Points Points Points Points Points Points Points

0 5 5 10 20 5 10

2012 2013 2014

2015 2016

Member of the NSW Schools National Schoolboys; selected for the Australian Schoolboys. Wins National Schoolboys Championships with NSW 1; selected for Australian Schoolboys tour. Starts at blindside for Australia in the IRB Under 19 World Championship in Ireland; Wins premiership with Sydney Uni Colts. Starts for the Australia U20s; starts in Sydney University’s Shute Shield grand final win. Represents Australia in IRB World Sevens Series; selected for the Wallabies’ Spring Tour train-on squad; signs with Force. Makes Super Rugby debut, playing 13 matches; makes Test debut; earns Test run-on start in the Wallabies’ win over the Springboks; selected for the Spring Tour, starting in all four Tests. Plays 16 matches for the Force; plays seven matches in the Rugby World Cup; selected in Spring Tour. Plays eight matches for the Force. Plays 14 matches for the Force; selected for the Rugby Championship and Spring Tour. Plays 14 matches for the Force; runner-up in the Nathan Sharpe Medal and awarded Geoff Stooke Award; plays three Tests; plays in the Rugby Championship. Plays 15 matches for the Force; wins 2015 Nathan Sharpe Medal; plays in the Rugby World Cup. Plays 11 matches for the Force. Represents Australia against England and New Zealand before suffering a scapular injury which cut short his international season.


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BILL MEAKES PROFILE Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

188cm 98kg 23/02/1991 Manly, NSW Billy @bmeakes @bmeakes

PROFILE Hard running centre Bill Meakes joins the Road Safety Western Force after a stellar career in the English Premiership with Gloucester. The former Australian Sevens and U20 representative scored seven tries in his 45 appearances for Gloucester thanks to his powerful running game with ball in hand, ability to break tackles and quick footwork. With the ability to play both inside and outside centre Meakes is just as strong in defence as he is in attack with a knack for laying massive tackles on his opposite number. The 26-year-old returns to Australia to fulfil his lifelong goal of playing Super Rugby and after starring for the Perth Spirit in the Buildcorp NRC looks set to be an exciting addition to the Western Force backline in 2017.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Centre Manly Roos St. Joseph’s College Hunters Hill Perth Spirit N/A

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2011: 2011-12: 2016:

TIMELINE

Australian U20s Australian Sevens Perth Spirit

2011

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

2012 0 0 0

Points Points Points

0 0 0

2013 2014

2015 2016

Plays Shute Shield for Randwick. Represents Australian Under 20s in Junior World Championships, finishing third. Represents the Australian Sevens in the 20112012 IRB Sevens World Series. Moves to England to play for Clifton RFC, a local rugby union club based in Bristol. Joins English Premiership club Gloucester as non-contracted player before earning academy contract and playing three matches for the senior side. Establishes himself as regular for Gloucester playing 24 matches scoring five tries. Plays 18 matches for Gloucester before joining the Force on a two-year deal in July. Key member of the Perth Spirit Buildcorp NRC title winning side.


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LUKE MORAHAN PROFILE #116 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

189cm 95kg 13/04/1990 Brisbane, Queensland Moz, Mozza @Ljmorahan @lmorahan

PROFILE Winger Luke Morahan is one of the most potent strike forces in Super Rugby. The 26-year-old had arguably the best season of his career to date in 2016 averaging career highs in carries and run metres. Fantastic domestic form saw Morahan called into the Wallabies squad and earn his first cap in four years against England in June. After starring for the Perth Spirit Morahan pulled on the famous Barbarians jersey in November scoring three tries in three games before earning a third Test cap when he started at fullback against France at Stade Francais. With incredible speed, agility, finishing ability and linking up with good mate Dane HaylettPetty in the back three expect ‘Moz’ to fire again in 2017.

2007 2008

RUGBY CAREER

2009

Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

2010

Wing, Fullback Colleges Rugby Club The Southport School Kalamunda (Reds) 2009 v Lions

2011

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2007: 2008: 2010: 2012 & 16:

TIMELINE

Australia A Schoolboys Australian Sevens Commonwealth Games – Rugby Sevens Wallabies

2012

2013

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

34 80 3

Points Points Points

55 110 0

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2014: 2015: 2016:

Caps Caps Caps

7 15 12

Points Points Points

2014

2015 10 25 20

2016

Selected in the Australia A Schoolboys. Selected in the Australian Sevens; tours Europe with the Reds Development side. Joins the Reds Academy; scores 27 tries for the Australian Sevens side during the 2008/09 season; makes his Super Rugby debut for the Reds. Plays six matches for the Reds; represents Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Rugby Sevens; selected in the Wallabies Spring Tour. Earns 12 caps for the Reds and adds a further six tries to his tally. Plays 17 matches for the Reds; selected in the Wallabies squad and makes his debut; influential in University’s second Queensland Premier Rugby trophy victory in three seasons. Plays nine matches for the Reds; selected in the Australian Sevens for the Rugby World Cup Sevens; signs with the Western Force for two seasons. Plays seven matches for the Western Force, scoring two tries; returns to the field for the Perth Spirit in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship. Plays 15 matches for the Western Force, scoring five tries. Plays 12 matches for the Force, scoring four tries. Earns second Wallaby cap against England. Wins Buildcorp NRC with Perth Spirit and plays for the Barbarians in November scoring three tries in three games before starting for the Wallabies against France.


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ISIRELI NAISARANI PROFILE Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Instagram:

195cm 110kg 14/02/1995 Suva, Fiji Isi @isinaisarani

PROFILE 21-year-old Fijian powerhouse Isireli Naisarani joins the Road Safety Western Force squad after a standout season for Brisbane City in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship. Standing at 195cm and weighing in at 110kg Naisarani was one of the finds of the 2016 NRC using his powerful ball running skills and strength in contact to score five tries and his high quality offloading ability to set up countless others for his teammates. A quiet and humble person off the field, Naisarani is a competitive beast when he takes to the field and in a highly competitive Western Force backrow the young gun will be doing everything he can to secure a Super Rugby debut in 2017.

RUGBY CAREER Position: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Backrow Ratu Kadavulevu School Nedlands N/A

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2016:

Brisbane City

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

0 0 0

Points Points Points

0 0 0

TIMELINE 2016

Moves to Brisbane from Fiji, starring in the Queensland Premier Grade competition for Souths. Stars for Brisbane City in the Buildcorp NRC. Signs contract with Western Force in October.


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ALEX NEWSOME PROFILE Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Instagram:

189cm 93kg 20/01/1995 Glen Innes, NSW Newso @alnewso

PROFILE 22-year-old utility back Alex Newsome joins the Road Safety Western Force’s wider training group for the 2017 Super Rugby season after impressing while on trial throughout the pre-season. Newsome starred for the New South Wales Country Eagles in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship to earn a trial with the West Australian club and took his opportunity in both hands to earn a contract. The talented youngster scored three spectacular intercept tries playing on the wing in the 2016 Buildcorp NRC and also has the ability to play at inside centre and fullback. Born and raised in Glen Innes in northern New South Wales the former Australian Under 20’s is a tireless worker and has set his sights on a Super Rugby debut in 2017.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Outside Back Glen Innes Elks St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill Associates N/A

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2015: 2016:

NSW U20s, Australian U20s NSW Country Eagles

TIMELINE

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

0 0 0

Points Points Points

0 0 0

2015 2016

Represents New South Wales Under 20’s. Selected for Australian Under 20’s for Junior World Championships in Italy. Stars for Eastern Suburbs in the Shute Shield. Represents NSW Country Eagles in Buildcorp NRC. Joins Western Force on trial for preseason before signing a wider training squad contract in January.


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CHANCE PENI PROFILE Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Instagram:

190cm 97kg 17/01/1994 Invercargill, NZ CP @chance62

PROFILE Western Australian product Chance Peni returns to his home state after spending the last five years plying his trade in rugby league. The New Zealand-born talent came through the RugbyWA pathway playing in Western Australian junior teams alongside fellow homegrown Force players Luke Burton, Ross Haylett-Petty, Harry Scoble, Richard Hardwick and Kane Koteka before being lured east. Blessed with spectacular speed and strength with ball in hand Peni flourished in league playing for the Junior Kiwis and a Test for the Cook Islands before signing with the Wests Tigers. With the ability to play both on the wing and in the centres the former Aranmore Catholic College student is an exciting addition to the Road Safety Western Force backline in 2017.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Centre, Wing Rockingham Aranmore Catholic College Palmyra N/A

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2011: 2014: 2015:

WA Schoolboys, Perth Gold, Force A Junior Kiwis Rugby League Cook Islands Rugby League

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

TIMELINE 2010 2011

0 0 0

Points Points Points

0 0 0

2013 2014 2015 2016

Member of the Western Force Academy while at Aranmore College. Represents WA Schoolboys, Perth Gold and Force A, playing wing and centre. Makes a code switch to rugby league to join the Newcastle Knights National Youth Competition (NYC) team. Signs a two-year deal with the Wests Tigers before representing the Junior Kiwis against the Junior Kangaroos. Plays Holden Cup for the Wests Tigers, represents the Cook Islands in their World Cup qualifier match against Tonga. Plays Holden Cup for the Wests Tigers before returning home and signing with the Western Force in November.


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MATT PHILIP PROFILE #144 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Instagram:

199cm 115kg 07/03/1994 Mona Vale, NSW MP @mattphilip

PROFILE 22-year-old lock Matt Philip was called into the Road Safety Western Force squad in a training capacity last season after injuries hit the club’s second row stocks before making his debut off the bench against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. The former Australian Schoolboys and Australian U20’s representative went on to earn three caps in a whirlwind maiden Super Rugby season and was rewarded with a full contract for the 2017 season. Standing at 199cm and weighing in at 115kg Philip is aggressive in contact, skilled with ball in hand and a reliable option in the lineout. After plying his trade for Southland in New Zealand’s Mitre 10 Cup in the off-season Philip will look to establish himself as regular in the match-day 23 in 2017.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Lock Warringah Rats St Augustines Perth Spirit 2016 v Cheetahs

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2012: 2013-14:

Australian Schoolboys Australian U20s

TIMELINE

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

3 3 0

Points Points Points

0 0 0

2012 2013 2014

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2016:

Caps

3

Points

0

2015 2016

Plays Australian Schoolboys. Plays Australian Under 20’s at Junior World Championships. Plays Australian Under 20’s at Junior World Championships. Represents Sydney University in Shute Shield competition and the Sydney Stars in Buildcorp NRC. Represents Sydney University in Shute Shield competition and Sydney Stars in Buildcorp NRC. Joins Western Force as injury cover. Makes debut against Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, playing three matches in debut season. Plays for Southland in New Zealand’s Mitre 10 competition. Signs contract with Western Force in November.


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TATAFU POLOTA-NAU PROFILE Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

181cm 114kg 26/07/1985 Sydney, NSW Taf @tatafu267 @tatafu267

PROFILE The signing of Wallaby hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau adds 141 Super Rugby caps and 68 Test caps of experience to the Road Safety Western Force squad for the 2017 Super Rugby season. The 31-year-old, has played more than 10 years at the elite level and means the Force frontrow stocks boast nearly 500 combined Super Rugby caps. The abrasive hooker is renowned for his set piece efficiency, fearless ball-carrying and over the course of his career has established himself as one of the most ferocious tacklers in world rugby. Bringing incredible experience and still at the top of his game ‘Taf’ will be a cornerstone of the Force pack this season and a valuable contributor off the field as a passionate supporter of grass roots rugby.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Hooker Merrylands Granville High School Perth Spirit (Waratahs) 2006 v Reds

2009 2010

CAREER STATS Caps Caps Caps

2006

2008

Australian Schoolboys Aus Schoolboys, Australian U19s, U21s Australian Schoolboys, Australian U21s Wallabies

Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

2005

2007

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2003: 2004: 2005: 2005-16:

TIMELINE

2011

2012 2013

0 141 68

Points Points Points

0 65 10

2014

2015 2016

Plays Australian U21’s before debuting for the Wallabies against England at Twickenham. Achieves rare feat of making Test debut before Super Rugby debut. Makes Super Rugby debut for the Waratahs against the Reds, plays 14 matches in debut season. Establishes himself as Waratahs’ first choice hooker, playing and starting 12 matches. Plays 14 matches for the Waratahs and seven Tests for the Wallabies. Plays 13 Super Rugby matches earning 50th cap against the Force. Adds 13 Wallaby caps. Standout season for the ‘Tahs playing 13 matches to win Players’ Player Award. Limited to just two Tests due to an ankle injury. Plays seven matches for the Waratahs before a knee injury. Returns to feature in all but one of the Wallabies’ matches at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Plays 12 matches for the Waratahs. Starts 12 of the 15 Tests for the Wallabies. Plays 13 matches for the ‘Tahs, earning 100th Super Rugby cap against the Southern Kings. Plays 18 matches for the Waratahs, playing vital role in title winning season and grand final defeat of the Crusaders. Plays two Tests for the Wallabies. Plays 10 matches for the Waratahs. Plays 11 Tests for the Wallabies including World Cup final against the All Blacks. Plays 11 matches for the Waratahs. Plays seven Tests for the Wallabies before breaking his arm against Argentina in Perth. Signs with the Western Force in November.


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IAN PRIOR PROFILE #119 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

179cm 83kg 21/08/1990 Bundaberg, Queensland Sitchy @ianprior90 @ianprior

PROFILE Ian Prior is a genuine playmaker with the ability to direct the attack from both scrumhalf and flyhalf. The 26-year-old was a valuable contributor for the Road Safety Western Force in 2016 starting in both the No.9 and No.10 jersey and covering for either position off the bench. With 71 Super Rugby caps to his name Prior is an on field general for the Force and uses his strong kicking game to punish the opposition. The former Red and Brumby was a pivotal member of the Perth Spirit side that took out the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship and entering his fourth season with the Western Force will be seeking more opportunities again in 2017.

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RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

2010

Scrumhalf Redlands Rugby Club Ormiston College Nedlands (Reds) 2011 v Lions

2011

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2010:

2012

Australian U20s

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

2013 37 71 0

Points Points Points

36 51 0

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2014: 2015: 2016:

Caps Caps Caps

15 9 13

Points Points Points

2014 0 0 36

2015

2016

Called up to the Australian Under 20s after Western Australian, Justin Turner, is ruled out with a knee injury; comes off the bench in the 62-17 final loss to New Zealand. Debuts for the Reds in their Super Rugby championship-winning season, earning six caps; starts off the bench in the 18-13 championship win; signs with the Brumbies for two seasons. Plays 13 games with the Brumbies; scores maiden Super Rugby try in the 36-34 loss to the Bulls. Plays 12 games with the Brumbies; starts off the bench in the Brumbies 27-22 Super Rugby final loss to the Chiefs in Hamilton; starts at scrumhalf in the Brumbies historic 1412 win over the British & Irish Lions; signs with the Western Force until 2015. Makes Western Force debut against the Brumbies in Week Two; plays 15 matches for the Force, starting in eight; plays four matches for the Perth Spirit in the National Rugby Championship. Plays 9 matches for the Western Force; plays six matches for 2015 PINDAN Premier Grade Champions Nedlands; plays for Perth Spirit in Buildcorp NRC. Plays 13 matches for the Force, starting in six. Wins Buildcorp NRC title with Perth Spirit.


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ANARU RANGI PROFILE #143 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname:

181cm 113kg 19/10/1988 Whakatane, NZ Bopper

PROFILE When injuries hit the Road Safety Western Force hooking stocks last season Perth Spirit and Nedlands rake Anaru Rangi was called up and the powerful New Zealander took the opportunity with both hands. The 28-year-old made his debut off the bench against the Bulls at the Force Field in Round 10 before going on to earn another four caps in his maiden season. Nicknamed ‘Bopper’ Rangi has quickly built a reputation for landing massive tackles most notably two massive shots against the Brumbies in the final game of the 2016 season. Rangi was a key contributor in the Perth Spirit’s Buildcorp NRC title winning side and will be pushing hard for more game time in 2017.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Hooker Upper Hut Rugby Club Upper Hut College Nedlands 2016 v Bulls

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2015-16:

Perth Spirit

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

5 5 0

Points Points Points

0 0 0

2014

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2016:

Caps

5

Points

TIMELINE

0

2015 2016

Plays Premier Grade rugby in Wellington for the Upper Hutt Rams. Moves to Perth, plays Pindan Premier Grade for Nedlands. Earns selection for the Perth Spirit, playing five matches. Stars for Nedlands in the Pindan Premier Grade. Called into Force squad as injury cover, makes debut against the Bulls in Perth. Plays five matches in debut Super Rugby season. Signs full contract with Force in October. Plays Perth Spirit including Buildcorp NRC grand final win.


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CURTIS RONA PROFILE Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

194cm 102kg 25/05/1992 New Plymouth, NZ My Sharona @Rona1Curtis @curtis_rona1

PROFILE Former Road Safety Western Force Academy member Curtis Rona returns home following three spectacular seasons in the National Rugby League. Standing at 194cm and tipping the scales at 102kg the powerful back possesses spectacular speed and power with ball in hand and made a name for himself in the NRL thanks to his outstanding finishing ability. The former Canterbury Bulldog was the second highest try scorer in the NRL in 2015 and scored a staggering 40 tries in 57 appearances through his career. A Wanneroo Districts product and former Aranmore Catholic College student Rona adds incredible firepower to the Force backline and with the ability to play in the midfield and out wide will be a huge contributor in the blue jersey this season.

2009

10-11 2012

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

TIMELINE

Centre, Wing Wanneroo Aranmore Catholic College Palmyra N/A

2013

2014

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2007-09:

WA U18s rugby league, Junior Kiwis, Western Force academy

2010-12: 2013: 2014: 2015: 2016:

Sydney Roosters Holden Cup Queensland Residents Cowboys Auckland Nines Bulldogs Auckland Nines, NZ rugby league New Zealand Maori

2015

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

0 0 0

Points Points Points

0 0 0

2016

Made the switch to rugby league after a successful stint as a junior rugby union player in the Western Force academy. Represented the WA U18 rugby league side before signing a three-year deal with the Sydney Roosters. Played with the Sydney Roosters Holden Cup side scoring 23-tries in 39 matches. Signed a two-year deal with the North Queensland Cowboys in July before representing the Junior Kiwis later that year. Joined the Cowboys first grade squad, spending the 2013 season playing for the Cowboys feeder team, the Mackay Cutters in the Queensland Cup. In July, he played for the Queensland Residents representative side. Starts off 2014 as a member of the Cowboys Auckland Nines winning side, scoring two tries in the final. Made his NRL debut scoring a try in the Cowboys round seven loss to the Manly Sea Eagles. Finished the NRL season playing in six matches scoring seven tries before signing a two-year deal with the CanterburyBankstown Bulldogs. Named in the Bulldogs Auckland Nines squad. Scored a try in his Bulldogs debut at Penrith Stadium. Finished the season as his clubs highest try-scorer with 23 tries in 25 matches. Was selected in the 24-man New Zealand rugby league squad for their 2015 tour of Great Britain. Agrees to a code switch taking up a twoyear deal with the Western Force. Finishes his last season with the Bulldogs playing all 25 matches and scoring 11 tries. Was named in the New Zealand Maori side for a match against the New Zealand Residents.


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MICHAEL RURU PROFILE Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname:

182cm 93kg 03/12/1990 Napier, NZ Roo

PROFILE Michael Ruru is a dynamic scrumhalf who joins the Road Safety Western Force for the 2017 season after starring for Nedlands in the Pindan Premier Grade over the last four seasons. The 26-year-old has been a standout in the local competition over the last four years taking out the PG Hampshire Award in 2016 and was instrumental in the Force’s World Club 10s triumph in Mauritius to be named tournament MVP. The New Zealand-born No.9 provides quality service to his backline and is just as dangerous with ball in hand constantly looking to attack gaps at the base of the ruck. After helping the Perth Spirit on the way to the Buildcorp NRC title Ruru will have his sights set on a Super Rugby debut in 2017.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Scrumhalf Napier Pirate Rugby Club Napier Boys High School Nedlands N/A

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2014-16: 2016:

Perth Spirit Western Force 10s

TIMELINE

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

2012 0 0 0

Points Points Points

0 0 0

2013 2014 2015 2016

Makes his debut for his hometown side, Hawkes Bay in the ITM Cup. Moves to Perth, playing for Nedlands in the Pindan Premier Grade. Plays for Nedlands earning a place in the Perth Spirit squad. Plays three matches for the Spirit. Stars in the Pindan Premier Grade to again earn selection for the Perth Spirit. Represents the Western Force 10’s in the World Club 10’s title winning side, named tournament MVP. Stars for Nedlands to win PG Hampshire Award for the competition’s most outstanding player. Key player for the Perth Spirit, coming off the bench in the final. Signs contract with Western Force in October.


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HARRY SCOBLE PROFILE #141 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname:

180cm 101kg 12/11/1994 Perth, Western Australia Rusty, Sauce

PROFILE Harry Scoble is another success story of the Future Force Foundation with the UWA rake rewarded with a full contract after stepping up when injuries hit the Force’s hooking stocks last season. In a meteoric rise the 22-year-old was playing Pindan Premier Grade for UWA before going on to score a try in his Super Rugby debut against the Waratahs in Round Nine. Scoble went on to add another seven caps to his name in a strong debut season and showed he could more than hold his own against some of the world’s best hookers. The former Australian Under 20’s representative was a valuable contributor for the Perth Spirit in the Buildcorp NRC and will be keen for more Super Rugby opportunities in 2017.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Hooker Wanneroo Wanneroo Senior High School UWA 2016 v Waratahs

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2014: 2014-2016:

Australian U20s, Force ‘A’ Perth Spirit

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

8 8 0

Points Points Points

10 10 0

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2016:

Caps

8

Points

TIMELINE 2011 2012 2014

10

2015 2016

Plays WA Schoolboys before being selected for Australian Schoolboys. Selected to represent Perth Gold. Represents WA and Combined States in U20’s. Earns selection for Australian U20’s as first choice hooker, starting four matches at the IRB Junior World Championships. Plays Force ‘A’ and Perth Spirit. Joins the Future Force Foundation as one of three inaugural members. Plays Perth Spirit. Makes Super Rugby debut against the Waratahs in Perth. Plays eight matches in debut season, scoring two tries. Represents Perth Spirit. Signs first full contract with the Road Safety Western Force in November.


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BRYNARD STANDER PROFILE #123 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

190cm 104kg 27/04/1990 Durban, South Africa Bull/Bully @brybry0706 @brynard_stander

PROFILE Brynard Stander is a powerful, aggressive blindside flanker who is set to take his game to a new level in 2017 as he enters his fourth season with the West Australian club. The Durban-born hardman played 13 matches for the Road Safety Western Force in 2016 with nine starts and after a stellar campaign in the Buildcorp NRC with the Perth Spirit will look to make the No.6 jersey his own in 2017. With a game centred around powerful ball running, strength in contact and solidarity in defence Stander is set to wreak havoc in the backrow alongside the experience of Ben McCalman and Matt Hodgson and young guns Richard Hardwick and Isi Naisarani.

TIMELINE

RUGBY CAREER

2007

Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

2008

Flanker Coastal Sharks Westville Boys High School, SA Perth Spirit 2014 v Waratahs

2009

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS

2011

2008-09: 2011: 2011-13:

2012

Natal U19s Natal U21s Natal Sharks

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

33 33 0

Points Points Points

10 10 0

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2014: 2015: 2016:

Caps Caps Caps

14 6 13

Points Points Points

2013

2014 5 0 5

2015 2016

Member of the Kwazulu-Natal U18 side that finishes 11th at Craven Week. Member of the Kwazulu-Natal U18 side that finishes fourth at Craven Week; member of the Sharks U19 squad that wins the ABSA Under 19 Currie Cup, defeating Western Province 31-18 in the final. Member of the Sharks side that finishes fifth in the ABSA Under 19 Currie Cup. Represents the Sharks U19 that finishes runners-up in the ABSA Under 21 Currie Cup, losing to the Blue Bulls, 46-30 in the final. Makes his Currie Cup debut for the Sharks against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria; starting flanker for the Sharks XV that loses their Vodacom Cup quarter final, 37-36, to the Blue Bulls. Recognised as the Sharks’ Forward of the Year for the Vodacom Cup; member of the Sharks XV squad that wins Currie Cup, beating Western Province 33-19 in the final; signs for the Western Force for two years. Makes his Super Rugby debut for the Western Force; plays 14 matches for the Force; plays for the Perth Spirit in the Buildcorp NRC. Plays six matches for the Force, sidelined for the majority of the season with a shoulder injury. Plays 13 matches for the Force, stars for the Perth Spirit leading the competition in offloads and scoring two tries.


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HEATH TESSMANN PROFILE #103 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

182cm 106kg 03/03/1984 Ayr, Queensland Tess, Tessa @HeathTessmann @heathtessmann

PROFILE After an injury interrupted 2016 season Heath Tessmann will have his sights set on the starting hooker jersey as he enters his fifth season with the Road Safety Western Force. Tessmann has been one of the Force’s most consistent forwards since joining the club in 2013 and earned his 50th cap in the blue jersey against the Highlanders last season. The 32-year-old is a dynamic hooker who prides himself on his ability to get around the park and ability to get over the gain line with ball in hand. Tessmann was a force in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship where he captained the Perth Spirit to the title and will look to carry that form into Super Rugby.

Hooker Marochydore Swans St Peters Lutheran College Nedlands (Rebels) 2011 v Waratahs

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2001:

CAREER STATS Caps Caps Caps

53 64 0

Points Points Points

5 5 0

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2013: 2014: 2015: 2016:

Caps Caps Caps Caps

13 16 15 9

Points Points Points Points

2003 2004 2005 06-09 2010

Australia ‘A’ Schoolboys

Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

99-00 2001 2002

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

TIMELINE

0 0 5 0

2011

2012 2013

2014 2015 2016

Represents Queensland Under 16s. Represents Queensland at National Schoolboys Championships; selected for Australia A Schoolboys side. Member of the premiership-winning University of Queensland Colts side. Member of the premiership-winning University of Queensland Colts side; represents Queensland Under 19s. Member of the premiership-winning University of Queensland Reserve grade side. Joins the Pearl City Black Bears in Iowa in the United States. Plays for the University of Queensland. Plays for the University of Queensland and is a member of the Hospital Cup winning side that defeats the Sunshine Coast Stingrays, 19-11. Joins Rebels in their inaugural year in the Super Rugby competition; makes his Super Rugby debut against the Waratahs and playing 11 matches overall. Member of the Rebels squad. Joins the Western Force Wider Training Squad; offered a short-term contract; plays 13 games for the Western Force; re-signs with the Western Force until 2015. Plays all 16 matches for the Force; plays for the Perth Spirit before an ankle injury against Brisbane City ends his season. Plays all 16 matches for the Force; Captains the Perth Spirit in the Buildcorp NRC. Plays all nine matches for the Force; Captains the Perth Spirit to the Buildcorp NRC title.


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FRANCOIS VAN WYK PROFILE #124 Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

189cm 118kg 30/07/1991 Belville, South Africa Slak @slak_vanwyk @francoisvw1

PROFILE Francois van Wyk returned part way through the 2016 Super Rugby season after suffering a wrist injury in the preseason and went on to play eight matches before the injury curse struck again when he injured his knee in the warm up against the Brumbies in the final game of the season. Entering his fourth year with the Road Safety Western Force the 25-year-old loosehead prop is a powerful scrummager and diligent worker across the park and after working his way back from injury will be determined to stay fit and push for further opportunities at Super Rugby level in 2017.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Prop Gericke Primary School Boland Agricultural High School UWA 2014 v Lions

2009 2011 2012

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2011-12: 2013:

TIMELINE

UCT Ikey Tigers Western Province

2013

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

12 12 0

Points Points Points

5 5 0

2014

WESTERN FORCE STATS 2014: 2015: 2016:

Caps Caps Caps

2 2 8

Points Points Points

0 5 0

2015

2016

Selected at lock for the Western Province squad at Academy Week. Member of the Varsity Cup-winning UCT Ikey Tigers squad, playing all nine matches. Member of the UCT Ikey Tigers; vice-captain of Western Province that finishes runners-up in the U21 Provincial Championship, losing 22-13 to the Blue Bulls in the final; named Western Province’s U21 Best Forward. Member of the Western Province side that finishes second in the U21 Provincial Championship, before losing to Natal, 1912, in the semi-final; plays two matches for Western Province in the Vodacom Cup. Member of the Western Force’s Wider Training Squad; makes his Super Rugby debut against the Lions in Perth; plays a further match off the bench against the Crusaders; member of the Pindan Premier Grade title-winning UWA squad, scoring three tries during the season. Member of the Western Force extended playing squad, playing two matches and scoring a try; plays for Perth Spirit in the Buildcorp NRC. Plays eight matches for the Western Force, starting four. Injures knee in warm up for the final game of the season.


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SHAMBECKLER VUI PROFILE Height: Weight: Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter: Instagram:

180cm 117kg 20/05/1997 Bankstown, NSW Sham @shambeckler @sham_vui

PROFILE Shambeckler Vui is another success story of the Future Force Foundation with the tighthead prop graduating to the senior squad after one year in the program. At just 19-years-old Vui has firmly established himself as one of the nation’s most promising propping prospects after standout performances for the Australian U20’s at the Junior World Championships and the Perth Spirit in the Buildcorp NRC. Vui possesses skill and strength beyond his years and became an internet sensation when he scored one of the best tries of the Junior World Cup with a barnstorming 50-metre run against Italy. Vui was a key member of the Spirit’s title winning side playing all nine matches and will be targeting a Super Rugby debut in 2017.

RUGBY CAREER Position: Juniors: School: Senior Club: Super Rugby Debut:

Prop University of Queensland Ipswich Grammar School UWA N/A

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS 2016:

Western Force U20s, Australian U20s, Perth Spirit

TIMELINE

CAREER STATS Western Force: Super Rugby: Tests:

Caps Caps Caps

0 0 0

Points Points Points

0 0 0

2013 2014 2015 2016

Selected for Queensland Schoolboys. Represents Queensland Schoolboys gaining selections for Australian Schoolboys. Selected in Queensland U20’s squad for National Championships. Moves west to join the Future Force Foundation. Plays Western Force U20’s, Represents Australian U20’s at Junior World Championships in Manchester. Plays nine matches for the Perth Spirit including Grand Final win.


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DAVID WESSELS COACH PROFILE Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Nickname: Twitter:

18/02/1983 Cape Town, South Africa Blood @DaveWessels

PROFILE Dave ‘Blood’ Wessels enters his maiden season as Head Coach of the Road Safety Western Force after four seasons with the club including three years as Senior Assistant Coach. At 34 years of age, Wessels has been coaching at the elite level for nine years after beginning his professional coaching career as a consultant for the Stormers in the 2008 season, a year later he took on the assistant coaching role at the University of Cape Town (Ikeys), winning the Varsity Cup and the Western Province League competition for the first time in 37 years. The South African was then lured to the Brumbies in 2012 as their Defence Consultant before joining the Western Force in 2013. Wessels took over as Interim Head Coach of the Western Force for the final three matches of the 2016 Super Rugby season and was officially appointed Head Coach in September of 2016. Since assuming the role ‘Blood’ has wasted no time recruiting high quality players including Tatafu Polota-Nau, Curtis Rona and Bill Meakes and has surrounded himself with experienced coaches including Joe Barakat and Alan Gaffney.

COACHING CAREER 2008-09: 2009-11: 2012: 2013: 2014: 2014-16: 2017:

Defence Consultant – Stormers Assistant Coach – University of Cape Town Defence Consultant – Brumbies Defence Consultant –Western Force Joint Head Coach – Perth Spirit Senior Assistant Coach – Western Force Head Coach – Western Force

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JOE BARAKAT FORWARDS COACH PROFILE Joe Barakat joins the Road Safety Western Force as the club’s Forwards Coach having spent the last two seasons as an Assistant Coach at Ulster Rugby in Ireland where he was primarily responsible for defensive strategy and the contact zone. With more than a decade of experience behind him Barakat brings a no-nonsense old school approach to the Force coaching team in 2017.

COACHING CAREER 2005-10: 2009-10: 2010-12: 2012-15: 2014-16: 2017:

Head Coach - Jnr Waratahs & Academy Fwd Set Piece & Defence Coach - Fiji Rugby Assistant Coach - NTT Shining Arcs Forwards Coach – Toshiba Assistant Coach - Ulster Rugby Forwards Coach – Western Force

SHAUN BERNE ATTACK COACH PROFILE Former Bath and Waratahs playmaker Shaun Berne joins the Road Safety Western Force with more than 200 professional playing caps to his name and has most recently worked in elite player development at Irish powerhouse club, Leinster. Equipped with a brilliant attacking rugby mind and boasting a wealth of playing experience Berne will be a valuable inclusion to the coaching set up in 2017.

PLAYING CAREER 1999-06: 2001-06: 2009-11: 2011-12:

Bath Rugby NSW Waratahs Leinster Rugby Calvisano

COACHING CAREER 2015-16: 2017:

Leinster Elite Player Development Attack Coach – Western Force


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KEVIN FOOTE SKILLS COACH PROFILE Kevin Foote joined the Road Safety Western Force in 2013 as a Defence Consultant before assuming the role of Backs Coach for three seasons from 2014 to 2016. Heading into his fifth season with the Western Australian club the passionate and energetic South African has been appointed as the club’s first full time Skills Coach since 2006.

COACHING CAREER 2008-10: 2011-13: 2013: 2014: 2014-16: 2017:

Assistant Coach – University of Cape Town Head Coach – University of Cape Town Defence Consultant – Western Force Joint Head Coach – Perth Spirit Backs Coach – Western Force Skills Coach – Western Force

ALAN GAFFNEY ATTACK SPECIALIST PROFILE With almost 20 years of professional coaching experience behind him, veteran coach Alan Gaffney joins Dave Wessels’ coaching team as an Attack Specialist for the 2017 Super Rugby season. Gaffney has a decorated CV including positions as the Wallabies and Waratahs Assistant Coach, Ireland and Leinster Backs Coach, Saracens Director of Rugby, and Munster Head Coach.

COACHING CAREER 2000-02: Backs Coach – Leinster 2002-05: Head Coach – Munster Assistant Coach – Wallabies 2005: 2006-08: Director of Rugby – Saracens 2008-10: Backs Coach & Technical Cons – Leinster Backs Coach – Ireland National Team 2008-11: Senior Assistant Coach – NSW Waratahs 2011-13: 2013-PRES: National Elite Programmes Coach – Australia Attack Specialist – Western Force 2017:

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WESTERN FORCE STATS SEASON STATS

CAPS AS A CAPTAIN

SEASON

PLAYED

WON

LOST

DRAWN

TRIES

FOR

AGAINST

FINISHED

NO.

CAPTAIN

2006

13

1

10

2

26

223

373

14th

78

Nathan Sharpe

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 TOTALS

13 13 13 13 16 16 16 16 16 15 160

6 7 6 4 5 3 4 9 3 2 50

6 6 6 9 9 13 11 7 13 13 103

1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 7

28 26 42 24 25 30 26 37 28 25 317

276 247 328 258 333 306 267 343 245 260 2476

292 278 275 364 416 440 366 393 384 441 3263

7th 8th 8th 13th 12th 14th 13th 8th 15th 16th -

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Matt Hodgson

15

David Pocock

9

Sam Wykes

5

Pek Cowan

2

Luke Morahan

1

Brett Sheehan

1

Brendan Cannon

1

Scott Staniforth

1

Matt Giteau

MOST POINTS

HIGHEST SCORE GAME

OPPONENT

VENUE

YEAR

SCORE

NO.

PLAYER

Home

Lions

Subiaco

2009

55-14

367

Cameron Shepherd

41-27

306

James O’Connor

293

Matt Giteau

212

Sias Ebersohn

122

Jayden Hayward

Away

Highlanders

Queenstown

2010

GREATEST WINNING MARGIN GAME

OPPONENT

VENUE

YEAR

SCORE

Home Away

Lions Stormers

Subiaco Cape Town

2009 2007

55-14 22-3

MOST POINTS IN A GAME NO.

PLAYER

LONGEST WINNING STEAK

25

Cameron Shepherd (2007 v Bulls, Pretoria)

LENGTH

YEAR

OPPONENTS

23

David Hill (2010 v Lions, Johannesburg)

5 Matches

2014

Reb, Hig, Chi, Red, War

23

Cameron Shepherd (2007 v Reds, Perth)

21

Matt Giteau (2007 v Chiefs, Hamilton)

20

David Harvey (2012 v Reds, Perth)

20

James O’Connor (2011 v Reds, Brisbane)

MOST CAPS NAME

DEBUT

Matt Hodgson*

Feb 10 2006

v

Brumbies

131

CAPS

Pek Cowan*

Mar 17 2006

v

Waratahs

117

MOST POINTS IN A SEASON

Nathan Sharpe

Feb 10 2006

v

Brumbies

92

SEASON

Richard Brown

Feb 10 2006

v

Brumbies

89

Sam Wykes

Feb 22 2008

v

Cheetahs

87

Nick Cummins

Feb 15 2008

v

Sharks

87

2006

Cameron Shepherd

121

Ben McCalman*

Feb 12 2010

v

Brumbies

91

2014

Sias Ebersohn

117

Nathan Charles

Apr 2 2010

v

Stormers

83

2007

Cameron Shepherd

115

David Pocock

May 12 2006

v

Sharks

69

Cameron Shepherd

Feb 10 2006

v

Brumbies

60

PLAYER

POINTS

2011

James O’Connor

170

2009

Matt Giteau

128


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WESTERN FORCE STATS MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES

MOST TRIES IN A SEASON

YEAR

PLAYER

#OF GAMES

TRIES

2008 - 2011

Nathan Sharpe

53

9

Scott Staniforth

2006

2006 - 2009

Tai McIsaac

52

7

Nick Cummins

2014

2010 - 2013

Nathan Charles

44

7

Cameron Shepherd

2006, 2007, 2009

2014 - 2016

Heath Tessmann*

40

6

Matt Hodgson*

2014

2008 - 2011

Matt Hodgson*

35

5

Luke Morahan*

2015

2010 - 2012

Ben McCalman*

31

5

David Smith

2011

2007 - 2009

Richard Brown

30

5

James O’Connor

2009

2013 - 2014

Matt Hodgson*

28

5

Scott Staniforth

2009

2013 - 2014

Pek Cowan*

25

2007 - 2008

Drew Mitchell

25

PLAYER

YEAR

RESULTS AGAINST OPPOSITION

MOST TRIES

TEAM

PLAYED

WON

LOST

DRAW

WIN %

Blues

10

1

8

1

10%

NO.

PLAYER

Brumbies

17

4

12

1

24%

28 18 18 15 11

Cameron Shepherd Scott Staniforth Matt Hodgson* Ryan Cross Luke Morahan*

Bulls

10

4

6

0

40%

Cheetahs

10

5

45

0

50%

Chiefs

10

2

8

0

20%

Crusaders

10

2

6

2

20%

Highlanders

10

6

4

0

60%

Hurricanes

10

1

9

0

10%

Kings

1

0

1

0

0%

Lions/Cats

8

6

1

1

75%

Rebels

12

3

9

0

25%

Reds

16

7

8

1

44%

Sharks

9

1

8

0

11%

Stormers

10

2

8

0

20%

Sunwolves

1

1

0

0

100%

Waratahs

16

5

10

1

31%

TOTALS

160

50

103

7

31%

MOST TRIES IN A GAME TRIES

PLAYER

POINTS

3

Nick Cummins

2014 v Waratahs, Perth

3

Cameron Shepherd

2009 v Brumbies, Canberra

3

Scott Staniforth

2006 v Cats, Johannesburg

3

Marcel Brache*

2016 v Sunwolves, Tokyo


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WESTERN FORCE HONOUR ROLL THE NATHAN SHARPE MEDAL

COACH / CAPTAIN

SEASON

PLAYER

SEASON

2016

Dane Haylett-Petty

2016

Michael Foley, Dave Wessels

Matt Hodsgon

2015

Ben McCalman

2015

Michael Foley

Matt Hodsgon

2014 2013

Matt Hodgson Kyle Godwin

2014

Michael Foley

Matt Hodsgon

2013

Michael Foley

Matt Hodsgon

PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD SEASON

PLAYER

2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006

David Pocock David Smith Matt Hodgson Matt Hodgson Ryan Cross Matt Giteau Scott Stainforth

GEOFF STOOKE / FORCE MAN AWARD SEASON

PLAYER

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006

Marcel Brache Ben McCalman Ben McCalman & Sam Wykes Matt Hodgson Toby Lynn Kieran Longbottom Matt Hodgson Pek Cowan David Pocock Matt Hodgson Matt Hodgson

COACH

CAPTAIN

2012

Richard Graham - Phil Blake

David Pocock

2011

Richard Graham

Nathan Sharpe

2010

John Mitchell

Nathan Sharpe

2009

John Mitchell

Nathan Sharpe

2008

John Mitchell

Nathan Sharpe

2007

John Mitchell

Nathan Sharpe

2006

John Mitchell

Nathan Sharpe

INDIVIDUAL HONOURS SEASON

PLAYER

2016

Dane Haylett-Petty – Wallabies Rookie of the Year

2014

Nick Cummins - RUPA Medal of Excellence

2010

David Pocock - John Eales Medal David Pocock - Wallabies People’s Choice Award James Stannard - Australian Sevens Player of the Year Award Nathan Sharpe - John Eales Medal

2007

WESTERN FORCE WALLABIES NAME

DEBUT

Scott Staniforth

1999 v USA, Limerick

Nathan Sharpe

2002 v France, Melbourne

Matt Giteau

(2002 v England, London

RISING STAR AWARD

Drew Mitchell

(2005 v South Africa, Sydney

SEASON

PLAYER

Scott Fava

(2005 v England, London

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009

Ross Haylett-Petty Kane Koteka and Ryan Louwrens Adam Coleman Kyle Godwin Salesi Manu Partick Dellit Ben McCalman James O’Connor

Tai McIsaac*

(2006 v England, Sydney

Cameron Shepherd*

(2006 v England, Sydney

Digby Ioane*

(2007 v Wales, Brisbane

Ryan Cross*

(2008 v France, Sydney

Richard Brown*

(2008 v New Zealand, Brisbane

David Pocock*

(2008 v New Zealand, Hong Kong

James O’Connor*

(2008 v Italy, Padova

Pek Cowan*

(2009 v Italy, Melbourne

Matt Hodgson*

(2010 v Fiji, Canberra

PLAYER’S PLAYER AWARD SEASON

PLAYER

2008

Nathan Sharpe

Ben McCalman*

(2010 v South Africa, Brisbane

MEMBERS’ MOST VALUED PLAYER AWARD

Brett Sheehan

(2006 v South Africa, Johannesburg)

SEASON

PLAYER

Luke Morahan

2012 v Scotland, Newcastle

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009

Dane Haylett-Petty Steve Mafi Nick Cummins Kyle Godwin Nick Cummins James O’Connor Nathan Sharpe David Pocock

Nick Cummins*

(2012 v Argentina, Rosario

Hugh McMeniman

(2005 v Samoa, Sydney

Nathan Charles*

(2014 v France, Melbourne

Tetera Faulkner*

(2014 v Wales, Cardiff

Dane Haylett-Petty*

2016 v England, Brisbane

Adam Coleman*

2016 v England, Sydney

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BLUES

Auckland, New Zealand

Captain:

Jerome Kaino

Coach:

Tana Umaga

SQUAD LIST:

Home Ground: Eden Park Capacity:

50,000

Best Finish:

1st (1997, 1998 & 2003)

2016 Finish:

11th

Debut:

1996

Michael Collins, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Matt Duffie, TJ Faiane, Hame Faiva, Charlie Faumuina, Piers Francis, Blake Gibson, Josh Goodhue, Billy Guyton, Alex Hodgman, Rieko Ioane, Akira Ioane, Jerome Kaino, Steven Luatua, Sione Mafileo, Pauliasi Manu, George Moala, Matt Moulds, Melani Nanai, Brandon Nansen, Sam Nock, Declan O’Donnell, James Parsons, Stephen Perofeta, Sam Prattley, Kara Pryor, Augustine Pulu, Rene Ranger, Scott Scrafton, Murphy Taramai, Jordan Trainor, Patrick Tu’ipulotu, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Jimmy Tupou, Matt Vaega, Ihaia West, Sonny Bill Williams

PAST RESULTS

BRUMBIES Canberra, Australia

Round 13 2016 - May 21

Western Force 13 - Blues 17

Perth

Round 12 2015 - May 2

Blues 41 - Western Force 24

Auckland

Round 17 2014 - Jun 28

Western Force 14 - Blues 40

Perth

Round 17 2012 - Jul 7

Blues 32 - Western Force 9

Auckland

Round 4 2011 - Mar 12

Western Force 22 - Blues 22

Perth

Round 10 2010 - Apr 17

Blues 38 - Western Force 17

Auckland

Round 1 2009 - Feb 13

Western Force 19 - Blues 25

Perth

Round 5 2008 - Mar 15

Blues 17 - Western Force 27

North Harbour

Round 14 2007 - May 4

Western Force 6 - Blues 33

Auckland

Round 10 2006 - Apr 14

Blues 39 - Western Force 8

Perth

SQUAD LIST:

Captain:

Stephen Moore

Coach:

Stephen Larkham

Home Ground: GIO Stadium Capacity:

25,000

Best Finish:

1st (1997, 1998 & 2003)

2016 Finish:

4th

Debut:

1996

Robbie Abel, Allan Alaalatoa, Chris Alcock, Ben Alexander, Rory Arnold, Tom Banks, Jarrad Butler, Sam Carter, Tomás Cubelli, Tom Cusack, James Dargaville, Blake Enever, Saia Fainga’a, Anthony Fainga’a, Lolo Fakaosilea, Scott Fardy, Kyle Godwin, Ben Hyne, Jordan Jackson-Hope, Nick Jooste, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Leslie Leulua’iali’iMakin, Ryan Lonergan, Josh Mann-Rea, Nic Mayhew, Joe Powell, Scott Sio, Faalelei Sione, Jordan Smiler, Andrew Smith, Henry Speight, Tom Staniforth, Lausii Taliauli, Aidan Toua, Rob Valetini, Nigel Ah Wong

PAST RESULTS Round 17 2016 - Jul 16 Round 3 2016 - Mar 11 Round 17 2015 - Jun 5 Round 4 2015 - Mar 6 Round 19 2014 - Jul 11 Round 3 2014 - Mar 21 Round 20 2013 - Jul 13 Round 11 2013 - Apr 27 Round 16 2012 - Jun 30 Round 1 2012 - Feb 24 Round 14 2011 - May 21 Round 9 2011 - Apr 17 Round 1 2010 - Feb 12 Round 3 2009 - Feb 28 Round 14 2008 - May 16 Round 12 2007 - Apr 20 Round 1 2006 - Feb 10

Brumbies 24 - Western Force 10 Western Force 14 - Brumbies 31 Western Force 20 - Brumbies 33 Brumbies 27 - Western Force 15 Brumbies 47 - Western Force 25 Western Force 14 - Brumbies 27 Western Force 21 - Brumbies 15 Brumbies 41 - Western Force 7 Western Force 27 - Brumbies 28 Brumbies 19 - Western Force 17 Western Force 13 - Brumbies 13 Brumbies 19 - Western Force 27 Western Force 15 - Brumbies 24 Brumbies 16 - Western Force 25 Western Force 5 - Brumbies 22 Brumbies 14 - Western Force 12 Western Force 5 - Brumbies 25

Canberra Perth Perth Canberra Canberra Perth Perth Canberra Perth Canberra Perth Canberra Perth Canberra Perth Canberra Perth


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BULLS

Pretoria, South Africa

SQUAD LIST:

Captain:

Adriaan Strauss

Coach:

Nollis Marais

Home Ground:

Loftus Versfeld

Capacity:

51,000

Best Finish:

1st (2009 & 2010)

2016 Finish:

9th

Debut:

1996

Bjorn Basson, Arno Botha, Francois Brummer, Nic de Jager, Warrick Gelant, Lizo Gqoboka, Grant Hattingh, Irne Philip Herbst, Travis Ismaiel, Jason Jenkins, Jannes Kirsten, Daniel Kriel, Jesse Kriel, Lappies Labuschagne, Hanro Liebenberg, Kefentse Mahlo, Bandise Maku, S P Marais, Duncan Matthews, Nqobisizwe Mxoli, Freddy Ngoza, Trevor Nyakane, Luther Obi, Burger Odendaal, Marvin Orie, Rudy Paige, Handrè Pollard, Pierre Schoeman, Tian Schoeman, Jan Serfontein, Roelof Smit, RG Snyman, Joshua Stander, Deon Stegmann, Adriaan Strauss, Dries Swanepoel, Jamba Ulengo, Marcel van der Merwe, Piet van Zyl, Ivan van Zyl, Jaco Visagie, Callie Visagie

PAST RESULTS

CHEETAHS

Bloemfontein, South Africa

Round 10 2016 - Apr 29

Western Force 20 - Bulls 42

Perth

Round 6 2015 - Mar 21

Bulls 25 - Western Force 24

Pretoria

Round 11 2014 - Apr 26

Western Force 15 - Bulls 9

Perth

Round 3 2013 - Mar 2

Bulls 36 - Western Force 26

Pretoria

Round 10 2011 - Apr 23

Western Force 26 - Bulls 21

Perth

Round 7 2010 - Mar 27

Western Force 15 - Bulls 28

Perth

Round 12 2009 - May 2

Bulls 32 - Western Force 29

Pretoria

Round 8 2008 - Apr 4

Western Force 15 - Bulls 14

Perth

Round 3 2007 - Feb 16

Bulls 27 - Western Force 30

Pretoria

Round 7 2006 - Mar 25

Western Force 21 - Bulls 30

Perth

SQUAD LIST:

Captain:

Francois Venter

Coach:

Franco Smith

Home Ground:

Free State Stadium

Capacity:

48,000

Best Finish:

6th (2013)

2016 Finish:

14th

Debut:

2006

Justin Basson, Ryno Benjamin, Clayton Blommetjies, Tom Botha, Tienie Burger, Uzair Cassiem, Johan Coetzee, Luan De Bruin, Erich De Jager, Jacques Du Toit, Joseph Dweba, Ryno Eksteen, Elandre Hugget, Reniel Hugo, Gunther Janse van Vuuren, Niell Jordaan, Armandt Koster, Hilton Lobberts, Nico Lee, Mosolwa Mafuma,Charles Marais, Niel Marais, Steven Meiring, Tian Meyer, Danie Mienie, Ali Mgijima, Zee Mkhabela, Oupa Mohoje, Ox Nche, Gerhard Olivier, Sergeal Petersen, Junior Pokomela, Boom Prinsloo, Fiffy Rampeta, Raymond Rhule, Paul Schoeman, William Small-Smith, JP Smith, Clinton Swart, Francois Uys, Michael Van der Spuy, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Francois Venter, Henco Venter, Reinach Venter, Shaun Venter, Ntokozo Vidima, Dennis Visser, Carl Wegner, Jasper Wiese, Liheli Xoli, Fred Zeilinga

PAST RESULTS Round 15 2016 - Jul 2

Cheetahs 30 - Western Force 29

Bloemfontein

Round 9 2015 - Apr 11

Cheetahs 24 - Western Force 15

Bloemfontein

Round 13 2014 - May 10

Cheetahs 16 - Western Force 23

Bloemfontein

Round 6 2013 - Mar 23

Western Force 10 - Cheetahs 19

Perth

Round 11 2012 - May 5

Cheetahs 17 - Western Force 13

Bloemfontein

Round 13 2010 - May 8

Cheetahs 19 - Western Force 14

Bloemfontein

Round 2 2009 - Feb 20

Western Force 16 - Cheetahs 10

Perth

Round 2 2008 - Feb 22

Cheetahs 15 - Western Force 16

Bloemfontein

Round 13 2007 - Apr 27

Western Force 45 - Cheetahs 17

Perth

Round 13 2006 - May 6

Cheetahs 14 - Western Force 16

Kimberley


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CHIEFS

Hamilton, New Zealand

SQUAD LIST:

Captain:

Aaron Cruden Sam Cane

Coach:

Dave Rennie

Home Ground:

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

Capacity:

25,000

Best Finish:

1st (2012 & 2013)

2016 Finish:

6th

Debut:

1996

Solomon Alaimalo, Michael Allardice, Dominic Bird, Lachlan Boshier, Mitchell Brown, Sam Cane, Finlay Christie, Aaron Cruden, Stephen Donald, Hikawera Elliot, Fa’ase’e (Johnny) Fa’auli, Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, Glen Fisiiahi, Mitchell Graham, Kane Hames, Nathan Harris, Mitchell Karpik, Sosefo Kautai, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Nepo Laulala, Michael Leitch, Anton Lienert-Brown, James Lowe, Damian McKenzie, Sam McNicol, Liam Messam, Atunaisa Moli, Tim Nanai-Williams, Charlie Ngatai, Liam Polwart, Toni Pulu, Brodie Retallick, Tom Sanders, Taleni Seu, Shaun Stevenson, Chase Tiatia, James Tucker, Brad Weber

PAST RESULTS

CRUSADERS

Christchurch, New Zealand

Round 5 2016 - Mar 26

Chiefs 53 - Western Force 10

Hamilton

Round 11 2015 - Apr 24

Chiefs 35 - Western Force 27

Hamilton

Round 6 2014 - Mar 22

Western Force 18 - Chiefs 15

Perth

Round 13 2014 - May 10

Chiefs 22 - Western Force 21

Pukekohe

Round 7 2012 - Apr 6

Western Force 12 - Chiefs 20

Perth

Round 3 2010 - Feb 27

Western Force 19 - Chiefs 37

Perth

Round 4 2009 - Mar 6

Chiefs 31 - Western Force 13

Hamilton

Round 12 2008 - May 3

Western Force 22 - Chiefs 21

Perth

Round 11 2007 - Apr 14

Chiefs 64 - Western Force 36

Hamilton

Round 3 2006 - Feb 24

Western Force 9 - Chiefs 26

Perth

SQUAD LIST:

Captain:

Kieran Read/ Ryan Crotty

Coach:

Todd Blackadder

Home Ground:

AMI Stadium

Capacity:

17,000

Best Finish:

1st (‘98, ‘99, ‘00, ‘02, ‘05, ‘06 & 2008)

2016 Finish:

7th

Debut:

1996

Michael Alaalatoa, Scott Barrett, Tim Bateman, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, George Bridge, Jed Brown, Wyatt Crockett, Ryan Crotty, Israel Dagg, Mitchell Drummond, Mitchell Dunshea, Sione Fifita, Owen Franks, Leon Fukofuka, Ben Funnell, Jack Goodhue, Bryn Hall, David Havili, Mitchell Hunt, Digby Ioane, Oliver Jager, Jone Macilai, Andrew Makalio, Manasa Mataele, Marty McKenzie, Richie Mo’unga, Joe Moody, Tim Perry, Kieran Read, Luke Romano, Pete Samu, Quinten Strange, Seta Tamanivalu, Jordan Taufua, Codie Taylor, Matt Todd, Sean Wainui, Sam Whitelock

PAST RESULTS Round 7 2016 - Apr 8

Western Force 19 - Crusaders 20

Perth

Round 16 2014 - May 30

Crusaders 30 - Western Force 7

Christchurch

Round 9 2013 - Apr 13

Western Force 16 - Crusaders 14

Perth

Round 18 2012 - Jul 14

Crusaders 38 - Western Force 24

Christchurch

Round 11 2011 - Apr 30

Western Force 30 - Crusaders 42

Perth

Round 11 2010 - Apr 23

Western Force 24 - Crusaders 16

Perth

Round 5 2009 - Mar 14

Crusaders 23 - Western Force 23

Christchurch

Round 4 2008 - Mar 9

Western Force 24 - Crusaders 29

Perth

Round 10 2007 - Apr 7

Crusaders 53 - Western Force 0

Christchurch

Round 11 2006 - Apr 21

Western Force 23 - Crusaders 23

Perth


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HIGHLANDERS Otago, Dunedin

Captain:

Nasi Manu/Ben Smith

Coach:

Tony Brown

Home Ground:

Forsyth Barr Stadium

Capacity:

30,000

Best Finish 1st: 1st (2015) 2016 Finish:

5th

Debut:

1996

SQUAD LIST:

Alex Ainley, Richard Buckman, Shane Christie, Liam Coltman, Josh Dickson, Elliot Dixon, Ash Dixon, Jason Emery, Gareth Evans, Matt Faddes, Malakai Fekitoa, Tom Franklin, Siosiua Halanukonuka, Kayne Hammington, Jackson Hemopo, James Lentjes, Tevita Li, Daniel LienertBrown, Guy Millar, Craig Millar, Waisake Naholo, Patrick Osborne, Hayden Parker, Greg Pleasants-Tate, Dan Pryor, Josh Renton, Aki Seiuli, Ben Smith, Fletcher Smith, Aaron Smith, Lima Sopoaga, Liam Squire, Rob Thompson, Siate Tokolahi, Patelesio Tomkinson, Teihorangi Walden, Joe Wheeler, Luke Whitelock

PAST RESULTS

HURRICANES Wellington, New Zealand

Round 6 2016 - Apr 1

Highlanders 32 - Western Force 20

Dunedin

Round 15 2015 - May 23

Western Force 3 - Highlanders 23

Perth

Round 5 2014 - Mar 15

Highlanders 29 - Western Force 31

Dunedin

Round 15 2013 - May 25

Western Force 19 - Highlanders 18

Perth

Round 16 2011 - Jun 3

Highlanders 14 - Western Force 21

-

Round 9 2010 - Apr 10

Highlanders 27 - Western Force 41

Queenstown

Round 14 2009 - May 16

Western Force 33 - Highlanders 28

Perth

Round 6 2008 - Mar 22

Highlanders 28 - Western Force 36

Queenstown

Round 1 2007 - Feb 2

Western Force 7 - Highlanders 8

Perth

Round 9 2006 - Apr 8

Highlanders 25 - Western Force 22

Dunedin

Captain:

Dane Coles

Coach:

Chris Boyd

SQUAD LIST:

Home Ground: Westpac Stadium, Wellington Capacity:

36,000

Best Finish:

1st (2016)

2016 Finish:

1st

Debut:

1996

Mark Abott, Pita Ahki, Leni Apisai, Vince Aso, Jordie Barrett, Beauden Barrett, Otere Black, James Broadhurst, Dane Coles, Geoff Cridge, Chris Eves, Michael Fatialofa, Vaea Fifita, Callum Gibbins, Reg Goodes, Wes Goosen, Toa Halafihi, Cory Jane, Mike Kainga, Ben Lam, Ngani Laumape, Sam Lousi, Ben May, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Kylem O’Donnell, TJ Perenara, Reed Prinsep, Matt Proctor, Hugh Renton, Ricky Riccitelli, Julian Savea, Ardie Savea, Brad Shields, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Blade Thomson, Jeff To’omaga-Allen, Loni Uhila, Peter Umaga-Jensen

PAST RESULTS Round 4 2016 - Mar 18

Hurricanes 41 - Western Force 6

Palmerston North

Round 3 2015 - Feb 27

Western Force 13 - Hurricanes 42

Perth

Round 10 2013 - Apr 19

Hurricanes 22 - Western Force 16

Wellington

Round 3 2012 - Mar 9

Western Force 19 - Hurricanes 46

Perth

Round 15 2011 - May 27

Hurricanes 34 - Western Force 28

Palmerston North

Round 2 2010 - Feb 20

Hurricanes 47 - Western Force 22

Wellington

Round 9 2009 - Apr 10

Western Force 27 - Hurricanes 28

Perth

Round 13 2008 - May 9

Hurricanes 21 - Western Force 10

Wellington

Round 6 2007 - Mar 9

Western Force 18 - Hurricanes 17

Perth

Round 2 2006 - Feb 18

Hurricanes 29 - Western Force 5

New Plymouth


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LIONS

Johannesburg, South Africa

Captain:

Warren Whiteley

Coach:

Johan Ackermann

Home Ground:

Emirates Airlines Park

Capacity:

60,000

Best Finish:

2nd (2016)

2016 Finish:

2nd

Debut:

1996

SQUAD LIST:

Ruan Ackermann, Fabian Booysen, Marnitz Boshoff, Cyle Brink, Robbie Coetzee, Andries Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck, Ross Cronje, Francois ‘Faf’ De Klerk, Stephan de Wit, Ruan Dreyer, Lourens Erasmus, Andries Ferreira, Corne Fourie, Stokkies Hanekom, Elton Jantjies, Jaco Kriel, Robert Kruger, Ruaan Lerm, Luvuyiso ‘MB’ Lusaseni, Lionel Mapoe, Malcolm Marx, Sampie Mastriet, Howard Mnisi, Franco Mostert, Martin Muller, Julian Redelinghuys, Courtnall Skosan, Dillon Smit, Dylan Smith, Warwick Tecklenburg, Armand ‘Akker’ Van der Merwe, Jaco van der Walt, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Jacques van Rooyen, Anthony Volmink, Harold Vorster, Warren Whiteley

PAST RESULTS

REBELS

Melbourne, Australia

Round 15 2014 - May 24

Western Force 29 - Lions 19

Perth

Round 14 2012 - Mar 26

Western Force 17 - Lions 11

Perth

Round 5 2011 - Mar 19

Lions 15 - Western Force 27

Johannesburg

Round 12 2010 - May 1

Lions 12 - Western Force 33

Johannesburg

Round 11 2009 - Apr 24

Western Force 55 - Lions 14

Perth

Round 3 2008 - Feb 29

Lions 16 - Western Force 18

Johannesburg

Round 4 2007 - Apr 24

Western Force 24 - Lions 25

Perth

Round 12 2006 - Apr 28

Lions 34 - Western Force 34

Johannesburg

SQUAD LIST:

Captain:

Nick Stirzaker

Coach:

Tony McGahan

Home Ground:

AAMI Park

Capacity:

30,000

Best Finish:

10th (2015)

2016 Finish:

12th

Debut:

2011

Cruze Ah-Nau, Steve Cummins, Dominic Day, Jack Debreczeni, Tom English, Colby Fainga’a, Pama Fou, Harley Fox, Jackson Garden-Bachop, James Hanson, Reece Hodge, Mitch Inman, Sam Jeffries, Marika Koroibete, Pat Leafa, Rob Leota, Tyrel Lomax, Jack Maddocks, Amanaki Mafi, Jack McGregor, Sean McMahon, Ben Meehan, Tim Metcher, Tom Moloney, Sefa Naivalu, Jonah Placid, Jordy Reid, Culum Retallick, Dominic Shipperley, Siliva Siliva, Toby Smith, Mick Snowden, Nic Stirzaker, Lopeti Timani, Alex Toolis, Sione Tuipulotu, Jordan Uelese, Laurie Weeks

PAST RESULTS Round 14 2016 - May 29

Rebels 11 - Western Force 13

Melbourne

Round 1 2016 - Feb 27

Western Force 19 - Rebels 25

Perth

Round 18 2015 - Jun 12

Rebels 11 - Western Force 13

Melbourne

Round 5 2015 - Mar 13

Western Force 17 - Rebels 21

Perth

Round 10 2014 - Apr 18

Rebels 22 - Western Force 16

Melbourne

Round 4 2014 - Mar 8

Western Force 32 - Rebels 7

Perth

Round 8 2013 - Apr 6

Western Force 23 - Rebels 30

Perth

Round 1 2013 - Feb 15

Rebels 30 - Western Force 23

Melbourne

Round 13 2012 - May 20

Western Force 31 - Rebels 32

Perth

Round 5 2012 - Mar 23

Rebels 30 - Western Force 29

Melbourne

Round 18 2011 - Jun 17

Rebels 24 - Western Force 27

Perth

Round 7 2011 - Apr 2

Western Force 25 - Rebels 26

Melbourne


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REDS

Brisbane, Australia

SQUAD LIST:

Captain:

James Slipper

Coach:

Nick Stiles

Home Ground:

Suncorp Stadium

Capacity:

53,000

Best Finish:

1st (1996, 1999 & 2011)

2016 Finish:

15th

Debut:

2006

Quade Cooper, Kane Douglas, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Nick Frisby, Michael Gunn, Reece Hewat, Scott Higginbotham, Karmichael Hunt, Samu Kerevi, Leroy Houston, Adam Korczyk, Chris Kuridrani, Alex Mafi, Campbell Magnay, Lachlan Maranta, Jake McIntyre, Stephen Moore, Jayden Ngamanu, Eto Nabuli, Cadeyrn Neville, Duncan Paia’aua, Izaia Perese, Andrew Ready, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, George Smith, Moses Sorovi,Henry Taefu, Caleb Timu, Lukhan Tui, Hendrik Tui, James Tuttle

PAST RESULTS Round 2 2016 - Mar 5 Round 16 2015 - May 30 Round 2 2015 - Feb 21 Round 18 2014 - Jul 5 Round 8 2014 - Apr 5 Round 12 2013 - May 4 Round 5 2013 - Mar 16 Round 6 2012 - Mar 31 Round 2 2012 - Mar 3 Round 17 2011 - Jun 11 Round 1 2011 - Feb 20 Round 5 2010 - Mar 14 Round 8 2009 - Apr 3 Round 10 2008 - Apr 18 Round 7 2007 - Mar 16 Round 5 2006 - Mar 11

SHARKS

Durban, South Africa

Reds 6 - Western Force 22 Western Force 10 - Reds 32 Reds 18 - Western Force 6 Western Force 30 - Reds 20 Reds 29 - Western Force 32 Western Force 11 - Reds 11 Reds 12 - Western Force 19 Western Force 45 - Reds 19 Reds 35 - Western Force 20 Western Force 21 - Reds 24 Reds 21 - Western Force 20 Reds 50 - Western Force 10 Western Force 39 - Reds 7 Reds 29 - Western Force 12 Western Force 38 - Reds 3 Reds 29 - Western Force 18

SQUAD LIST:

Captain:

Patrick Lambie

Coach:

Robert Du Preez

Home Ground: Growthpoint Kings Park Capacity:

55,000

Best Finish:

1st (2007)

2016 Finish:

8th

Debut:

1996

Brisbane Perth Brisbane Perth Brisbane Perth Brisbane Perth Brisbane Perth Brisbane Brisbane Perth Brisbane Perth Brisbane

Lourens Adriaanse, Lukhanyo Am, Hyron Andrews, Garth April, Tristan Blewett, Curwin Bosch, Ruan Botha, Michael Claassens, Stephan Coetzee, Keegan Daniel, Jean Deysel, Johan Deysel, Jean Droste, Daniel du Preez, Jean-Luc du Preez, Thomas du Toit, Andre Esterhuizen, Rowan Gouws, Francois Kleinhans, Patrick Lambie, Stephan Lewies, Marius Louw, Mzamo Majola, Khaya Majola, Franco Marais, John-Hubert Meyer, Enoch Mnyaka, Beast Mtawarira, Tera Mtembu, Giant Mtyanda, Ilunga Mukendi, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, Sibusiso Nkosi, Coenie Oosthuizen, Etienne Oosthuizen, Clemont Poitrenaud, Inny-Christian Radebe, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Cobus Reinach, Juan Schoeman, S’bura Sithole, Rhyno Smit, Philip van der Walt, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Kobus van Wyk, Jacques Vermeulen, Jeremy Ward

PAST RESULTS Round 7 2015 - Mar 28

Sharks 15 - Western Force 9

Durban

Round 14 2013 - May 17

Western Force 13 - Sharks 23

Perth

Round 12 2012 - May 12

Sharks 53 - Western Force 11

Durban

Round 3 2011 - Mar 5

Western Force 12 - Sharks 39

Perth

Round 14 2010 - May 14

Sharks 27 - Western Force 22

Durban

Round 6 2009 - Mar 21

Western Force 10 - Sharks 32

Perth

Round 1 2008 - Feb 15

Sharks 17 - Western Force 10

Durban

Round 9 2007 - Mar 30

Western Force 22 - Sharks 12

Perth

Round 14 2006 - May 12

Sharks 41 - Western Force 25

Durban


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STORMERS

Cape Town, South Africa

Captain:

Juan de Jongh/ Frans Malherbe

Coach:

Robbie Fleck

Home Ground:

Newlands Rugby Stadium

Capacity:

52,000

Best Finish:

1st (2012)

2016 Finish:

3rd

Debut:

1998

SQUAD LIST:

Nizaam Carr, Kurt Coleman, Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh, Jan de Klerk, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Daniel du Plessis, Robert du Preez, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Rynhardt Elstadt, Eben Etzebeth, Huw Jones, Oliver Kebble, Cheslin Kolbe, Siya Kolisi, Dillyn Leyds, Frans Malherbe, Godlen Masimla, Bongi Mbonambi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Scarra Ntubeni, Justin Phillips, David Ribbans, JD Schickerling, Seabelo Senatla, JP Smith, Jurie van Vuuren, Jano Vermaak, Alistair Vermaak, EW Viljoen, Leolin Zas

PAST RESULTS

WARATAHS Sydney, Australia

Round 16 2016 - Jul 9

Western Force 3 - Stormers 22

Perth

Round 10 2015 - Apr 18

Western Force 6 - Stormers 13

Perth

Round 14 2014 - May 17

Stormers 24 - Western Force 8

Cape Town

Round 10 2012 - Apr 28

Western Force 3 - Stormers 17

Perth

Round 6 2011 - Mar 26

Stormers 51 - Western Force 16

Cape Town

Round 8 2010 - Apr 2

Western Force 16 - Stormers 15

Perth

Round 13 2009 - May 9

Stormers 25 - Western Force 24

Cape Town

Round 7 2008 - Mar 28

Western Force 16 - Stormers 32

Perth

Round 2 2007 - Feb 9

Stormers 3 - Western Force 22

Cape Town

Round 8 2006 - Mar 31

Western Force 25 - Stormers 26

Perth

Captain:

Michael Hooper

Coach:

Daryl Gibson

Home Ground:

Sydney Football Stadium

Capacity:

45,500

Best Finish:

1st (2014)

2016 Finish:

10th

Debut:

1996

SQUAD LIST:

Cameron Clark, Andrew Deegan, Jack Dempsey, Damien Fitzpatrick, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Brad Wilkin, Jake Gordon, Ned Hanigan, Bryce Hegarty, Jed Holloway, Michael Hooper, Rob Horne, David Horwitz, Harry Jones, Andrew Kellaway, Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Mack Mason, Ryan McCauley, Dean Mumm, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Sam Needs, Matt Lucas, Nick Phipps, Hugh Roach, Tom Robertson, Reece Robinson, Paddy Ryan, Matt Sandell, Irae Simone, Will Skelton, Angus Ta’avao, Senio Toleafoa, Michael Wells

PAST RESULTS Round 9 2016 - Apr 23 Round 13 2015 - May 9 Round 1 2015 - Feb 15 Round 9 2014 - Apr 12 Round 2 2014 - Feb 23 Round 17 2013 - Jun 9 Round 7 2013 - Mar 31 Round 8 2012 - Apr 13 Round 4 2012 - Mar 17 Round 12 2011 - May 7 Round 8 2011 - Apr 9 Round 6 2010 - Mar 20 Round 10 2009 - Apr 18 Round 9 2008 - Apr 12 Round 5 2007 - Mar 2 Round 6 2006 - Mar 17

Western Force 12 - Waratahs 49 Western Force 18 - Waratahs 11 Waratahs 13 - Western Force 25 Western Force 28 - Waratahs 16 Waratahs 43 - Western Force 21 Western Force 13 - Waratahs 28 Waratahs 23 - Western Force 19 Western Force 18 - Waratahs 23 Waratahs 20 - Western Force 21 Waratahs 20 - Western Force 15 Western Force 3 - Waratahs 31 Western Force 10 - Waratahs 14 Waratahs 14 - Western Force 15 Western Force 12 - Waratahs 17 Waratahs 16 - Western Force 16 Western Force 7 - Waratahs 32

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JAGUARES Argentina

Captain:

Agustin Creevy

Coach:

Raul Perez

Matías Alemanno, Gabriel Ascárate, Rodrigo Báez, Emiliano Boffelli, Santiago Cordero, Agustín Creevy, Juan Cruz Guillemaín, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Santiago García Botta, Santiago González Iglesias, Ramiro Herrera, Facundo Isa, Martín Landajo, Tomás Lavanini, Tomás Lezana, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, Juan Martín Hernández, Manuel Montero, Julián Montoya, Matías Moroni, Ramiro Moyano, Lucas Noguera Paz, Matías Orlando, Javier Ortega Desio, Guido Petti, Nicolás Sánchez, Leonardo Senatore, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Joaquín Tuculet

Home Ground: Velez Sarsfield Capacity:

49,540

2016 Finish:

13th

Debut:

2016

SQUAD LIST:

The Argentinian Jaguares are one of three new teams that were introduced to Super Rugby in 2016. The Jaguares showed promise in their maiden season last year and will be looking to improve upon their 13th placed finish this season. Led by Pumas stalwart, Agustin Creevy the Jaguares squad contains a host of Test stars including flyhalf, Nicolas Sanchez. The Force did not face the Jaguares last season but will clash with the Argentinians in Buenos Aires in Round 12.

KINGS

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Captain:

TBC

Coach:

Deon Davids

SQUAD LIST:

Home Ground: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Capacity:

48,000

2016 Finish:

17th

Debut:

2013

Jacobie Adriaanse, Thembelani Bholi, Tom Botha, Aidon Davis, JP du Plessis, Schalk Ferreira, Louis Fouche, Shane Gates, Siyanda Grey, James Hall, Cornell Hess, Malcolm Jaer, Kevin Luiters, Edgar Marutlulle, Schalk Oelofse, Tyler Paul, Sipato Junior Pokomela, Steven Sykes, Cyril-John Velleman, Stefan Watermeyer, Elgar Watts, Stefan Willemse

PAST RESULTS Round 2 2013 - Feb 23

SUNWOLVES Tokyo, Japan

Kings 22 - Western Force 10

Captain:

Ed Quirk/Harumichi Tatekawa

Coach:

Mark Hammett

Home Ground:

Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium

Capacity:

27,188

Debut:

2016

2016 Finish:

18th

Port Elizabeth

SQUAD LIST:

Ryuhei Arita, Timothy Bond, Derek Carpenter, Andrew Durutalo, Ziun Gu, Shohei Hirano, Atsushi Hiwasa, Shota Horie, Yoshiya Hosoda, Keita Inagaki, Daisuke Inoue, Shinnosuke Kakinaga, Takeshi Kizu, Yamamoto Koki, Faatiga Lemalu, Tomas Leonardi, Amanaki Lotoahea, Shinya Makabe, Paea Mifi Poseti, Masataka Mikami, Liaki Moli, Tsuyoshi Murata, Hitoshi Ono, Tusi Pisi, Eddie Quirk, Yusataka Sasakura, John Stewart, Yu Tamura, Harumichi Tatekawa, Riaan Viljoen, Akihito Yamada, Ryohei Yamanaka, Hajime Yamashita, Yuki Yatomi

PAST RESULTS Round 11 2016 - May 7

Sunwolves 22 - Western Force 40

Tokyo


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2017 HOME GAMES & TRANSPORT

ROUND

DATE

2

OPPONENT

VENUE

TIME

Thursday 2 March

nib Stadium Perth

6:30PM

7

Sunday 9 April

nib Stadium Perth

2:05PM

9

Saturday 22 April

nib Stadium Perth

5:45PM

10

Saturday 29 April

nib Stadium Perth

7:55PM

13

Saturday 20 May

nib Stadium Perth

5:45PM

15

Saturday 3 June

nib Stadium Perth

7:55PM

16

Friday 7 July

nib Stadium Perth

7:55PM

17

Saturday 15 July

nib Stadium Perth

5:45PM

TRAIN

CLAISEBROOK STATION 300m from Gate 4

MCIVER STATION 600m from Gate 3

EAST PERTH STATION 700m from Gate 1

PERTH STATION 1000m from Gate 3

Visit www.transperth.wa.gov.au for more info

BUS

LORD STREET 41 Bayswater – Perth 42 Maylands – Perth 48 Morley Bus Stn – Perth 55 Bassendean – Perth BEAUFORT STREET 66 Morley Bus Stn – Perth 67 Mirrabooka Bus Stn – Perth 68 Mirrabooka Bus Stn – Perth 950 Morley Bus Stn – Perth BRISBANE STREET 16 Dianella – Perth 60 Morley Bus Stn - Perth

Eastern 202

Eastern 106

Eastern 202 Eastern 202

Visit www.transperth.wa.gov.au for more info.

CAR

Parking around nib Stadium is very limited with most areas restricted to residents only. There are nearby parking blocks towards the Bulwer Street end of Beaufort Street and Stirling Street.

TAXI

There is a taxi rank located on Bulwer Street - exit Gate 1 or 4.


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