The thrill of Will to boost the ailing Western Force

Dane Eldridge Columnist

By Dane Eldridge, Dane Eldridge is a Roar Expert

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    The Western Force can look forward to surviving on more than basic rations in 2013 with the news that gun scrum-half Will Genia will be crossing the Nullarbor to call the shots out west.

    Firstly, credit must go to his slick management and their SAS-style management routines for somehow keeping the this information from the pencil vultures right up until the cat was released from the bag.

    Secondly, homage to Genia for a bold and ballsy rugby decision. Obviously the sizeable boost in bread helps, but this is an adventurous move to an underachieving team from the comfort zone of a structure that made him a star.

    And you can hear the rugby faithful in Western Australia begin to breathe again.

    A couple of weeks ago, the joint was long-faced and looking potentially threadbare with the departure of coach Richard Graham and the grapevine suggesting that club icon David Pocock was also musing about nicking off inland.

    The franchise and its believers were preparing for existence as a charitable organisation who would be running their business from beneath the rugby poverty line.

    But if you believe in the domino theory, then this prodigious coup should ensure they will be living on a lot more than $2 worth of talent a day in 2013.

    The Sunday morning rumour mill is now saying that Pocock is now on the verge of hanging around, which will give the Force a heap of pull and profile in and around the ruck as well as off the paddock.

    With Genia setting up digs in Perth and Pocock deciding to hang, there’s no doubting that the Force brand will go from being unattractive and far-flung to a pheromone-surging plausible performer and a tangy carrot to the best available coaching talent to replace the departed Graham.

    Ditto for any available high-profile players who are considering a change of employer.

    This is the defibrillation that the Western Force needs.

    Their committed and hardy fan-base, who turn up in good numbers every home game, deserve this type of signing to remind them that their club is seen as a professional and potentially successful place by top-line players.

    The club currently treads water in Super Rugby, which is laudable considering their budget playing list.

    They need the habit of winning to shore up their profile in the West, and expensive items with champion pedigree like Genia will go a long way to making that happen.

    Dane Eldridge
    Dane Eldridge

    Dane was named best and fairest in the 2004 Bathurst mixed indoor cricket competition. With nothing in the game left to achieve, he immediately retired at his peak to a reclusive life ensconced in the velvet of organised contests. Catch the man on Twitter @eld2_0.

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    • April 30th 2012 @ 6:10am
      Riccardo said | April 30th 2012 @ 6:10am | ! Report

      Will has looked ordinary all season for the Reds but had a pretty good game against the Blues on Friday. But, who wouldn’t look good against the disorganised rabble that is the Blues?

      Unless the Force pack is also bolstered by the chequebook Will may not prove the investment you think he is.

    • April 30th 2012 @ 9:23am
      Atawhai Drive said | April 30th 2012 @ 9:23am | ! Report

      As I’ve said elsewhere, it now looks like Genia may yet decide to stay in Queensland.

      If he does, Pocock may head for the Brumbies.

      It’s all very unsettling for the Reds and the Force.

    • April 30th 2012 @ 10:02am
      Cliff said | April 30th 2012 @ 10:02am | ! Report

      The Brumbies have shown that the right coaching set-up can yield results without any need to recruit high-profile players. This is what the Force should be concentrating on.

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      April 30th 2012 @ 2:44pm
      Cattledog said | April 30th 2012 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

      What’s your next article Dane, ‘Will got a chill and booted the Force’? LOL. Need to make sure signatures are dry on contracts before committing the heavy artillery!

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      April 30th 2012 @ 5:20pm
      Dane Eldridge said | April 30th 2012 @ 5:20pm | ! Report

      Crikey. Will has really thrown me under the bus with this one.

      I will be ensuring next time that I am given the green light of when ink meets paper. Ditto Tim Horan, the Reds media department and various Australian press outlets who prematurely shouted that Genia would be sandgroping in 2013.

      All in all, a classic pig’s brekky of chinese whispers, dodgy negotiations and backflips!

      • Roar Pro

        April 30th 2012 @ 5:59pm
        sittingbison said | April 30th 2012 @ 5:59pm | ! Report

        Dont fret Dane,
        there are roughly 30000 reds supporters who have trashed him all weekend for being a traitor and tor up their memberships. You are not alone.

    • April 30th 2012 @ 6:52pm
      Emric said | April 30th 2012 @ 6:52pm | ! Report

      Why would they?

      no.1 he’s not as good as Australians think he is if I was the force i’d be investing in building more grass roots for the future

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