Ebene News – UA – How the mining billionaire saved rugby in the west

Brutally cut from Super Rugby in 2017 by a former Rugby Australia administration cutting costs, billionaire mining mogul Andrew’ Twiggy ‘Forrest stepped in to save the day

Forrest first organized his own competitions for the Force to play (like you), before COVID-19 provided an unexpected lifeline to rugby last year

Striving to organize a national alternative to a Super Rugby competition involving four countries, RA has welcomed the Force back into the fold

Tonight, against defending champion Brumbies, the Force will host a Super Rugby match in Perth for the first time since 2017

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“He (Forrest) came onto the pitch after the game,” Force captain Ian Prior recalled this week

“It was 1316 days ago, and he said he was going to enter the trenches with us, not only with us, but also from the frontline

Forrest certainly put his money where it was by signing a string of big Test stars, past and present.

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“One club that needed strengthening and has done it is the Western Force,” said Drew Mitchell, a former Force star who will cover Super Rugby AU for Nine and Stan Sport

“It went pretty quickly (the 2020 season), so they couldn’t get into the recruiting campaign too hard

“They did well all things considered And this offseason they did what they needed to get some big signings, but also to retain some players they needed

“You have your Tevita Kuridranis and Tom Robertsons, but also Rob Kearney who is from Ireland The experience he will bring and the excitement he will have in wanting to go out and live Super Rugby are huge

“The players will feed off of it and the career he has had and will continue to have is something that a lot of young players can learn from I think they have done very well”

But Morgan Turinui – another ex-Wallaby who now calls the game for Nine and Stan Sport – said there was a “clear margin” between the Brumbies and Queensland Reds and the rest of the competition. p>

He said the rock-solid Brumbies deserve to be favorites, but would not be surprised if the Reds take the final step of their upward trajectory

“The last two weeks of AU Super Rugby last year may have marked a slight change of guard in Australian rugby,” Turinui told Wide World of Sports

“I’m always reluctant to speak out about anything about the Brumbies as they only produce well-trained and ready-to-play players Any team that has (coaches) Laurie Fisher and Dan McKellar do a great job These guys give you confidence that the Brumbies will be pretty much

“But there’s just something about the Reds spiraling upward, another year after playing Test Footy for (Harry) Wilsons and guys like that, it will get better and better, so exponentially, playing a lot together Spending a lot of time together will be great for them, so they might be too good for everyone “

Meanwhile, Wallabies great Tim Horan agrees the Brumbies and Reds are clearly the teams to beat

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“You know exactly what you’re going to get with the Brumbies,” Horan told Wide World of Sports

“They probably still have to change things a bit more, but Dan McKellar knows it

“But I think the Reds this year, they took a good step last year, they came very close to winning this final, but I think this year you really have to put your foot down.”

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Ebene News – AU – How the mining billionaire saved rugby in the West

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