Finally, some good news for fans, players and coaches of rugby union in Western Australia.
Three months after having their beloved Western Force axed, the passionate rugby community today celebrated the return home of the name and the ability to start afresh.
With the guidance of Andrew Forrest, RugbyWA has been able to reverse out of voluntary administration after Rugby Australia forgave its legal debts and returned the Western Force Intellectual Property.
The Western Australian of the Year today announced he would commit more than $2 million to bolster grassroots, boys and girls’ rugby, women’s rugby and a proven pathway for the most elite players in the world, from Western Australia, who go the distance.
The Future Force Academy – unique to Perth – would be resurrected to help convert amateur athletes to professional players and be open to women for the first time.
Further, Mr Forrest was also dedicating his team, led by former Captain of the Western Force, Matt Hodgson, who is now the Director of High Performance at Minderoo to work closely with RugbyWA to grow the game.
“This is a very exciting day for Western Australian fans, players and coaches,”
- said the new Chairman of the RugbyWA, Mr John Edwards.
“With Andrew’s help, we have convinced Rugby Australia and other creditors to wipe the balance sheet clean, giving us a much-needed fresh start.”
Mr Forrest said he remained as committed as ever to ensuring rugby in Western Australia not just survived but thrived.
“It has been a very difficult year for our rugby family in Western Australia but through adversity, we have emerged stronger, and more determined than ever, to show the rest of the country what a successful, united grassroots rugby community looks like.”