For­mer Wal­laby a coup for Wan­neroo

Wanneroo Times - - Sport -

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.

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