The Western Force have secured the signature of Canterbury Bulldogs star Curtis Rona, with the dynamic winger to make a code switch after signing a two year deal with the club.
The 24-year-old try-scoring machine made his National Rugby League debut in 2014 and in three seasons has gone on to become one of the most prolific try scorers in the competition. Blessed with spectacular speed, power and finishing ability Rona was the second highest try scorer in the competition last season and has scored a staggering 39-tries in 53 appearances.
Born in New Zealand, raised in Perth, Rona played for Wanneroo Districts Rugby Club and was a member of the Western Force Academy before making the switch to rugby league in 2009.
Standing at 194cm and weighing in at 102kg Rona has played the majority of his career on the wing but has also been used in the centres for the Bulldogs this season.
Interim Head Coach Dave Wessels said the club is ecstatic to have signed Rona and excited about what he can bring to the team.
“The signing of Curtis is good for us on a number of levels,” he said. “Obviously being a local boy him coming home means a lot as we look to keep growing rugby in the state and the second thing is that he’s a weapon.”
“He has been incredibly successful in the NRL as one of the leading try scorers in the competition and is a really exciting player. At 24 he is still very young so we feel he fits nicely in our plans for our backline.”
"At this stage with his size and speed and what he has done on the wing in the NRL we are looking at him as an outside back.”
Name: Curtis Rona
Date of Birth: 26/05/1992
Born: New Plymouth, NZ
NRL Caps: 53
NRL Points: 156 (39 tries)