Former Wallaby a coup for Wanneroo
WANNEROO and Joondalup rugby union clubs have been boosted in the Pindan Premier Grade by a spread of 2018 Western Force players as part of a club allocation program.
The Force was booted from the Super Rugby competition after the Australian Rugby Union resolved to discontinue its licence 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.
Wanneroo secured one of the bigger signings in former Wallaby Rod Davies.
The Premier Grade season begins on April 7.
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.
“We are confident this linkage will add to the culture of the clubs and have a valuable, positive impact,” he said.
“Whether it is through coaching, playing or mentoring others, the time the Force players will spend within these clubs will help to underpin and grow the game of rugby in WA.”
The Force players will act primarily as rugby ambassadors but will also assist in coaching, mentoring or skills development sessions with senior grades, junior teams and individual players, and occasionally play for the clubs.
The club engagement will contribute to the 350 hours of community engagement per year that all Western Force players have committed to.
Force head of elite performance Matt Hodgson said the program would have a positive impact on the players and the clubs.
“During my time as captain of the Western Force, I developed a real appreciation for the importance of club rugby in WA,” Hodgson said.
“Making sure the Force players stay close to that passion, and give something back is crucial to the ultimate success of rugby in WA.”
Former Wallaby Rod Davies is to line up for Wanneroo. He is among a group of former Western Force players heading to Premier Grade, primarily as ambassadors.