Score for state premier clubs

Avon Valley Gazette - - SPORT -

STATE premier grade rugby union clubs will be boosted by a spread of 2018 Western Force play­ers, as part of a club al­lo­ca­tion pro­gram.

The Force were booted from the Su­per Rugby com­pe­ti­tion after the Aus­tralian Rugby Union re­solved to dis­con­tinue its li­cense last Au­gust.

The club lost its Supreme Court ap­peal in Septem­ber.

Play­ers will now be dis­trib­uted across 13 premier­ship clubs in WA, with some play­ers main­tain­ing links to clubs they had pre­vi­ously been part of.

Kala­munda will add Ma­sivesi Dakuwaqa and Perth Bayswa­ter will wel­come new­comer Harry Lloyd and Jo­han Bar­doul to its list this year.

Main­tain­ing old ties, Brad Lacey and Aj Ala­timu will con­tinue to run out for Wests Scar­bor­ough.

Ned­lands cap­tain Tevin Fer­ris re­mains at the Fore­shore, while UWA 2014 premier­ship- win­ning for­wards Harry Scoble and Chris Al­cock will make a re­turn to the club.

Rock­ing­ham prod­uct Kieran Long­bot­tom re­turns home to join the newly amal­ga­mated Coastal Cava­liers.

Rug­byWA chief ex­ec­u­tive Bob Hunter said the player al­lo­ca­tion would fos­ter ju­nior rugby, sup­port teams at all lev­els and en­sure the Force play­ers main­tained strong con­nec­tions with the com­mu­nity.

Force head of elite per­for­mance Matt Hodgson said the pro­gram would have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the play­ers and the clubs.

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