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    Some 8000 people packed out Rugby WA headquarters on Sunday morning to support the Western Force and vent their anger.

    High-profile Western Australians from all walks of life, players and officials from other codes, and politicians from both sides of the fence were in attendance.

    Sports Minister Mick Murray said the state government was right behind the campaign to save the Force.

    Rugby WA President Hans Sauer gave a brilliant speech, outlining the many achievements of WA rugby. The thing he said that particularly sticks in my mind is that the ARU board only has one member who has been involved hands-on in community rugby. The Rugby WA board has five.

    Matt Hodgson received a rapturous welcome from the crowd and a big laugh when he said that he’s now unemployed so just a fan like everyone else. Hodgo said he had personally invited Cameron Clyne to come over and explain to the players and members, but been ignored. He then offered to pay Clyne’s airfares.

    Then came Western Australian of the Year, Force foundation member, and Australia’s richest man, Andrew Forrest.

    He explained to the Sea of Blue that he didn’t become directly involved in the fight to save the Force earlier because he didn’t think a fair and objective assessment could arrive at a decision to axe the team of third-largest and fastest growing rugby community in the nation.

    He decided to weigh in when the Force looked to be heading towards the chop. He said that he’d also invited Clyne to Western Australia.

    Forrest repeated his pledge to do whatever it takes to ensure the Force survives, then announced that if the ARU don’t want us in their competition, he’ll set up his own international competition for the Force to play in. The crowd erupted!

    Talking to some of the players afterwards, there is a feeling that the ARU can get stuffed. If there is no team for them to play for in this state, many of them are looking at going overseas until a new administration takes over. Although, with the Twiggy competition as a back up to Super Rugby, it looks like they won’t have to.

    Should Clyne ever be forced out (pun intended) of the ARU, whoever takes his place is going to have a lot of work to do to win back the trust of the Western Australian rugby community.

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    • August 21st 2017 @ 8:21am
      Unanimous said | August 21st 2017 @ 8:21am | ! Report

      He does have enough money to set up another league.

      You imagine it’s only a threat at this point, but I can’t imagine any of the national unions would be willing to tolerate having a significant portion of their players bought out. Going by past episodes of rival leagues, there’d be a lot of money lost all round.

      If the end result is a properly run league, it’d be a big improvement.

      • August 21st 2017 @ 8:30am
        Ex force fan said | August 21st 2017 @ 8:30am | ! Report

        Hopefully we get some free to air rugby to make up for the cancellation of Foxtel subscription . The only outlet that did not cover the Force rally is Fox so do not expect any coverage not fair treatment from Kick and Chase.

        • August 21st 2017 @ 9:48am
          andrewM said | August 21st 2017 @ 9:48am | ! Report

          They did in the end – should still be on the Fox website

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          August 21st 2017 @ 11:06am
          Crazy Horse said | August 21st 2017 @ 11:06am | ! Report

          Kerry Stokes, owner of Channel 7, is a WA Rugby guy (he used to play for Nedlands) and a friend of Twiggy’s so it’s possible.

          • August 21st 2017 @ 1:16pm
            Matt Dustby said | August 21st 2017 @ 1:16pm | ! Report

            Dreaming

            • August 21st 2017 @ 11:32pm
              Ex force fan said | August 21st 2017 @ 11:32pm | ! Report

              Better than having no dream…

    • August 21st 2017 @ 8:26am
      Ex force fan said | August 21st 2017 @ 8:26am | ! Report

      While the anger to the ARU’s treatment is building the ARU do what they do well. Hide, secret dealings that always exclude WA, litigate, talk but do nothing, spend $5 million on their head quarters, find money to bring overpaid and underperforming players back from oversea stints e.g. Genia with money they supposed do not have, mismanage, etc. There are too many nobodies in the ARU Board, lets get people that understand grassroots rugby and can connect with the stakeholders. People that fixed tackle bags, spend hours in the rain at club level and did it for the love of the game. Lets get rid of the bankers so that we can fix the rugby…because if the rugby works the money looks after itself.

      What is great is to see the Force on the front page of the West Australia for the first time this decade. Thiis was the first rally and expect more to come and hope that the rest of WA will also come out to support the Force after the embarrassing treatment the Force received from those that is suppose to be the custodians of the game. It is not going away and will dominate rugby for months to come. The ARU will remain distracted while Australia rugby jjump from crisis to crisis without senior executives.

      • August 21st 2017 @ 8:38am
        KingCowboy said | August 21st 2017 @ 8:38am | ! Report

        Hey mate were you at the actual rally? I saw on Foxsports that they said there were 4000 people there, not 8000. Either way, seems like a good turn out, hope you guys win and get your team back!

        • August 21st 2017 @ 8:45am
          Ex force fan said | August 21st 2017 @ 8:45am | ! Report

          Yes, I,was there with my family and dog. Do not quote foxsports numbers as thry will always underplay it, 8,000-10,000 was quoted by other media outlets.

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          August 21st 2017 @ 9:59am
          Crazy Horse said | August 21st 2017 @ 9:59am | ! Report

          Yes. I was there. It was held on the Force training field which is regulation size and it was packed with many more standing off to the side. The 8000 to 10,000 is accurate. How many other Super Rugby Teams could turn out that many people when there was nothing on offer except a chance to support your team.

          • August 21st 2017 @ 1:34pm
            Jack Russell said | August 21st 2017 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

            Was it the ground next to Force HQ adjacent to the basketball centre? Because that’s not even close to regulation size. Lucky to be half sized.

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              August 21st 2017 @ 2:01pm
              Crazy Horse said | August 21st 2017 @ 2:01pm | ! Report

              It’s a regulation size rugby field minus the try zones.

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        August 21st 2017 @ 11:32am
        Train Without A Station said | August 21st 2017 @ 11:32am | ! Report

        Where did the ARU spend $5M on their HQ?

        Citation please…

        • August 21st 2017 @ 10:53pm
          Ex force fan said | August 21st 2017 @ 10:53pm | ! Report

          Mentioned in Hans Sauer’s speech as the cost to move from St Leonards to Moore park.

      • August 21st 2017 @ 1:02pm
        Peeeko said | August 21st 2017 @ 1:02pm | ! Report

        You under estimate the difficult job the ARU has. To say they should be replaced by tackle bag people shows a lack of understanding

        • August 21st 2017 @ 10:39pm
          Ex force fan said | August 21st 2017 @ 10:39pm | ! Report

          Anyone can do much better than these idiots that need a spreadsheet to realise they can only legally sack one team. Anyone can hire a consulting firm to tell them what to do. Anyone can hide like cowards, not explain their decision and refuse to meet the stakeholders when they need to face the music. Anyone can manage an organization into moral and then financial bankruptcy and spend other people’s money. This ARU does not deserve any respect – they are overpaid and incompetent.

          There are many “tackle bag” people that are highly competent, and that served and loved the sport. People like Geoff Stooke, Hans Sauer and Twiggy.

    • August 21st 2017 @ 8:47am
      Ex force fan said | August 21st 2017 @ 8:47am | ! Report

      Crazy Horse, great article. Thank you, I see the roar is hiding articles about the rally at the bottom of the website.

    • August 21st 2017 @ 9:51am
      andrewM said | August 21st 2017 @ 9:51am | ! Report

      Great Morning, fantastic turnout by the Sea of Blue. Many thanks to Shane O’Neil for organising it and to everyone for turning up

    • August 21st 2017 @ 9:58am
      Jamez said | August 21st 2017 @ 9:58am | ! Report

      Hell hath no fury like a Westerner scorned……

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        August 21st 2017 @ 10:12am
        Crazy Horse said | August 21st 2017 @ 10:12am | ! Report

        You haven’t seen anything yet! That was just the warm up.

      • August 21st 2017 @ 10:46am
        Ex force fan said | August 21st 2017 @ 10:46am | ! Report

        We will not go away and just let it blow over as the ARU and their apologist wish for…to much is at stake.

    • August 21st 2017 @ 10:08am
      Shane said | August 21st 2017 @ 10:08am | ! Report

      We will keep this fight going….

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