HBF Park in Perth is a 21,000 capacity multi-purpose stadium near the Perth CBD, hosting rugby and soccer matches.
Home: Orange jersey, shorts and socks with white trim.
Away: White jersey, shorts and socks with orange trim.
Coach: Tim Sampson
Tim Sampson was appointed head coach of the Western Force in 2019, taking charge of the team in the National Rugby Championship (NRC) and the showcase series that was the precursor to the launch of Global Rapid Rugby in 2020. Prior to joining the Force, Sampson coached the Canberra Vikings in the NRC in 2017 and 2018. He also previously coached the Easts Tigers in the Queensland Premier competition in 2015. As a player, he represented the Sunnybank club in Queensland for more than a decade, winning four caps for the State team. He also had a stint at Wanderers FC in Ireland. He played for the Ballymore Tornadoes in the 2007 Australian Rugby Championship.
What can we expect to see from the Force according to coach Tim Sampson
“We have placed a huge emphasis on fitness and work-rate in recent weeks in preparation for a faster game where the ball is in play for longer periods. “We applied this approach in the two warm-up games we have had and it really came together well in the second hit-out where we ran in 10 tries, including two power tries. We will be looking to run the ball and use the width of the park whenever we can whilst never losing sight of the importance of our defensive game and set-pieces as an attacking platform. “The Malaysia Valke will be a tough prospect in our first fixture as they have a talented and experienced squad that is well-coached. We will have to work hard, limit mistakes and impose ourselves on the game from the get-go”.
Players to watch
Jack Mc Gregor – Jack is an attacking fullback with great vision and a flair for counter-attack. He has great feet, safe hands and an accurate boot when kicking for posts.
Henry Taefu – Henry is an attacking centre whose international experience will bring stability and composure on attack and defence. He has been capped for the Reds in Super Rugby and for Samoa at Test level.
AJ Alitimu – A talented flyhalf with quick hands, good vision and an attacking mindset, AJ will be a key factor in keeping the Force on the front foot as well as marshalling the midfield defence.
Jackson Pugh – Jackson is a young lock with immense potential. He has shown great ability, composure and temperament in his debut season at this level and has a big future ahead of him.
Brynard Stander – Brynard is an experienced number eight who brings stability to the Force pack. Capped at Super Rugby level for the Sharks, he is a solid ball-carrier with the ability to run hard at the opposition defence and stay on his feet in contact.