Posts Tagged "Force"

I wonder what Taniela Tupou thinks of the latest grumble from a former Western Force player.

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Champion Wallabies backrower David Pocock is saddened by the culling of the Super Rugby franchise that gave him his big break but hopes WA will continue supplying players at that level.

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The Australian Super Rugby season review concludes this week with the two sides who dominated the headlines for the worst possible reasons: the Melbourne Rebels and Western Force.

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A Western Force team could be back in action by as early as April after RugbyWA was handed back the franchise’s licence and intellectual property.

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The Australian Rugby Union’s rejection of billionaire Andrew Forrest’s $50 million offer to save the Western Force was a backflip that came weeks after it told him such a figure would save the club, a Senate inquiry has heard.

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With former Western Force coach Dave Wessels on board, the Melbourne Rebels are hoping the combined knowledge and talent of two success-starved Super Rugby clubs means a change in fortune next year.

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The Melbourne Rebels have got their man, signing the in-demand David Wessels as coach for the next two seasons.

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Cast your mind back some nine months to January 2017. Australian Rugby is at a low ebb, the Wallabies have had a poor 2016 season with only six wins from 15 games including four losses to England and three to the All Blacks.

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Andrew Forrest was obviously busy last weekend, knocking up his plans and his administration structure for the proposed Indo-Pacific competition that he hoped he would never have to unveil.

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Like every Aussie rugby supporter who still believes in a fair go, I was left with a mix of anger and sadness for our mates in the West when I heard the NSW Supreme Court has decreed that the Western Force will be no more.

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Judgment day has arrived for the Western Force, but don’t expect the long-running saga to end just yet.

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Wallabies lock Adam Coleman says he won’t abandon the Western Force just yet even if their Supreme Court appeal against their axing fails.

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Andrew Forrest has unleashed a withering attack on Cameron Clyne over the handling of the decision to cut the Western Force from Super Rugby, calling for the ARU chairman to stand down over the saga.

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A RugbyWA board member claims ARU chairman Cameron Clyne agreed to let the Western Force back into the Super Rugby competition — only to later renege on the offer.

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The Friday 5pm press conference is the oldest trick in the public relations book.

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Western Force losing their license shows that the ARU failed to capitalise on the popularity of rugby in Western Australia.

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Billionaire Andrew Forrest was celebrating a moral victory after helping RugbyWA gain an injunction order against what he labelled as the ARU’s “sham” decision to axe the Western Force.

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Western Australian ARU board member Geoffrey Stooke has resigned from his position in protest of the ARU’s decision to cut the Western Force from Super Rugby in 2018 and beyond.

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Western Force great Matt Hodgson has called for the remaining ARU board members to fall on their swords following their decision to axe the Perth-based Super Rugby franchise.

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The Australian Rugby Union will address the anticipated scramble for the services of Western Force player but the CEO of the axed Super Rugby franchise says their personnel don’t need to make immediate decisions.

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