Force to represent in the gold and black
In recognition of WA Day, the Western Force will be running on to the field on Friday night in their new gold and black jersey.
It will be the first time the club has represented in the state colours in the Global Rapid Rugby competition and have only a limited amount of times previously at the grounds.
Rockingham local Kieran Longbottom will be said he is proud to represent his state every time he wears a Force jersey, but doing it in the state’s colour will make it extra special.
“It’s actually the first time since 2007 that I will be wearing these colours during a match at HBF Park,” Longbottom said.
“Rugby has a long history in WA and the gold and black jerseys represents that history. All of the boys will be out there doing everything we can to do the state proud against a really tough opponent in Kagifa Samoa.
“This is an exciting match to be part of for sure and it is great to be home in front of the Sea of Blue on such a special fixture. We’re all deeply committed to recognising the wonderful contributions of Indigenous cultures in our society, embracing diversity and celebrating together as West Australians.”
Along with the jersey’s, many of the team will also be fashioning custom hand-painted Indigenous boots, Longbottom said is he looking forward to seeing WA’s Indigenous culture recognised on the field.
“From what I have heard, when we run out on the field on Friday night there will be a burst of colour that will be fairly different to what fans normally see at home matches,” Longbottom said.
“The painted boots recognising WA’s Indigenous culture are brilliant, and as a proud West Aussie, I’m really looking forward to also wearing our state colours with WA Day just around the corner.”