15 Facts About Western Force


Western Force is an Australian professional rugby union team based in Perth, Western Australia, currently competing in Super Rugby Pacific.

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The Force competed in the 2021 Super Rugby AU season and Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, before being confirmed that their return to Super Rugby will be permanent in the revamped 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season.

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At 23-all with seconds left the Western Force crashed over the line but were denied by the television match official.

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Two days after the draw with the Crusaders, the Western Force were able to sign rising star Matt Giteau from the Brumbies, effective with the 2007 season.

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Western Force continued to play in Super Rugby until the 2017 season.

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The Western Force played matches against Fiji A, Tonga A, Samoa A, the second tier national sides of those countries, along with the Hong Kong national team, Super Rugby sides Melbourne Rebels and the Crusaders, and Japanese club Panasonic Wild Knights.

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The Western Force played in Global Rapid Rugby against teams from Fiji, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Samoa and Singapore.

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Western Force competed in the 2021 Super Rugby AU season, along with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, a trans-tasman competition that featured the five Super Rugby AU teams taking on the five Super Rugby Aotearoa teams.

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The Western Force missed out on the Finals Series of the inaugural season by a single point.

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Soon the Western Force had the largest membership base of any of the Australian Super 14 teams.

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Australian Rugby Union CEO Gary Flowers told the media that "people power" was a key factor in Western Force Australia being awarded the franchise ahead of Victoria.

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The Western Force were given a limited grant by the government to improve facilities at the stadium, and the capacity was increased to 20,500 in time for the 2010 Super Rugby Season.

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The current squad is a mix of Western Force contracted players, Force Academy players from elite youth programs, and selected Premier Grade club rugby players.

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In 2006 the Western Force Gold, playing in the traditional gold and black colours of Western Australia, undertook a two-week tour to South Africa.

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Western Force won both the Asia and Pacific showcases in an undefeated 2019 Global Rapid Rugby season.

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