The Pride of rugby in the west

The Western Force is the pride of rugby union in Western Australia.

As a professional entity, the Force has a short but proud history, having been formed in 2004 and making its Super 14 debut in 2006 against the Brumbies at Subiaco Oval.

The club has spawned several star Wallabies in Matt Hodgson, Nathan Sharpe, Matt Giteau, Cameron Shepherd, Ryan Cross, Drew Mitchell, David Pocock, James O’Connor, Scott Fava, Nick Cummins, Richard Brown, Tai McIsaac, and local products Kyle Godwin and Dane Haylett-Petty.

Despite its brief existence, this flagship team represents the hopes, dreams and aspirations of a rugby community whose roots date back more than a century to 1893 when Rugby WA, the governing body for rugby union in the state, was founded.

WA’s rugby community is built on passion, determination, and a never-say-die attitude that has provided inspiration in the toughest of times.

In 2020, the Western Force played in the Super Rugby AU tournament alongside the other four Australian clubs. Their participation heralds a deserved return to the highest level after they were controversially excluded from the wider Super Rugby competition, featuring teams from South Africa and New Zealand, at the end of the 2017 season.

Their removal was necessitated by a decision to reduce the number of participating teams from 18 to 15, with Rugby Australia (RA) ruling that the Force be cut despite the club having completed one of its most successful Super Rugby seasons ever, finishing second in the Australian conference.

Rising from the ashes

The 2017 decision did not signify the end of the Western Force. It was a new beginning.

Enter one of the team’s biggest and most ardent supporters, entrepreneur and proud Western Australian Dr Andrew Forrest AO.

Vowing to do everything in his power to keep the Force alive, Dr Forrest declared in 2017: “I want to be very clear to Rugby Australia, You try to cut the Western Force, you have to go through me first, and then all of our players, and then our supporters, and then all of the parents of young players and, indeed, every Western Australian.

“The Western Force has heart. It is punching way above its weight. It is producing a crop of Wallabies. It is growing its junior player base. It has the backing of its community.”

These powerful words captured the ethos of rugby in WA and made it abundantly clear that the Western Force would not lie down and continue to play.

The birth of global rapid rugby

Stranded on the Super Rugby periphery, the club reinvented itself, capturing the attention and imagination of the rugby world in the process. Just six months later in April 2018, with Dr Forrest’s personal and financial backing, the new World Series Rugby competition, featuring the Force in seven matches against international opposition, was born bring different rugby cultures to Perth from Fiji, Samoa and Japan.

Building in 2019 to the Asian Showcase Series and Pacific Showcase Series, the competition ensured that rugby’s heart in WA was firmly beating and planted the seeds for the creation of a brand-new professional rugby concept involving the Western Force and teams from the Asia-Pacific region.

The Global Rapid Rugby competition followed in 2020, bringing with it a host of exciting innovations designed to make the game faster, keeping the ball in play longer and create more entertainment for the fans. The competition was viewed by many as the biggest shake-up in rugby union in 23 years of professionalism.

The future

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic cut short Global Rapid Rugby’s inaugural season, it created a precious silver lining for the Western Force to make its return to Super Rugby competition.

The club has come full circle, from its successful bid to attain Super Rugby status in 2004, eleven seasons of competition from 2006 to 2017, and three years in the Super Rugby wilderness.

With some strong performances showcased upon its return to Super Rugby in 2020, the Force enjoyed a historic 2021 season by sealing a first-ever finals berth after a memorable win over the Queensland Reds in front of a packed HBF Park crowd.

Given the club’s history, the quality of its rugby pedigree, the passion of its fans, and the weight of its community, the Force is ready and well-prepared to tackle whatever challenges and opportunities lie ahead in Super Rugby after confirming a five-year participation license.

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Terms Of Use

Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions (Terms) apply to all users (You or Your) of the Western Force’s website www.westernforce.com.au (Western Force Website) in any format or version and howsoever accessed. By using the Western Force Website, You agree to comply with these Terms.

1. Intellectual Property

All content on the Western Force Website belongs to Sea of Blue Pty Ltd (trading as the Western Force) and/or its suppliers or licensors. The Western Force reserves all rights to protect is intellectual property as it deems appropriate.

All copyright in the text, images, graphics, interfaces, and other content on the Western Force Website, and the arrangement and coordination of all such content, are owned or licensed by the Western Force. You may view the Western Force Website and its content, but You may not copy, compile, reproduce, modify or distribute any of the Western Force Website content for any reason without the express written permission of the Western Force.

The Western Force Website displays numerous trade marks owned or licensed by the Western Force, state rugby organisations, Western Force sponsors and other third parties in Australia and internationally. You may not use any of the trade marks appearing on the Western Force Website without the express written permission of the Western Force or the relevant trade mark owner.

2. Third Party Links

The Western Force Website contains links to third party websites. Such links are provided for convenience only. By providing links to third party websites, the Western Force does not endorse the products or services offered through such sites, nor is the Western Force responsible for the content appearing on such sites. The Western Force welcomes the use of Western Force’s logo, as may be updated from time to time, on third party websites as a link from those sites to the Western Force’s website (www.westernforce.com.au), subject to the Western Force’s approval at all times.

3. Your Conduct

As a condition of Your use of the Western Force Website, You warrant to the Western Force that You will not use the Western Force Website for any purpose that is unlawful, inappropriate or otherwise contrary to these Terms. In particular, You agree not to:

By posting or submitting content to the Western Force Website, You represent and warrant that (i) You own all the rights to the content or are authorised to use and distribute the content via the Western Force Website; and (ii) the content does not and will not infringe any intellectual property rights, any applicable law or regulation, or any of the warranties made by You above.

The Western Force reserves the right to pre-screen content submitted for publication on the Western Force Website. The Western Force may refuse to publish or remove content that, in its sole discretion, does not meet its standards or does not comply with the Terms.

4. Disclosure

You agree that the Western Force can publish, modify, adapt and/or retransmit to others any content submitted by You to the Western Force via the Western Force Website free of charge and without restriction, subject to the obligations on Western Force set out in our Privacy Policy.

5. Indemnification

You will indemnify the Western Force, its employees, agents and representatives from any loss or damage including consequential loss or damage which may arise from Your use of the Western Force Website or from any breach by You of these Terms.

6. Disclaimer

While the Western Force aims to provide accurate and truthful information at all times, the Western Force makes no warranties or guarantees with respect to the accuracy, suitability, reliability or timeliness of the information, software, products or services included in or available through the Western Force Website. Any information or advice obtained from the Western Force Website should not be relied upon for personal, medical, legal or financial purposes and You should consult an appropriate professional for specific and personalized advice. All content on the Western Force Website, as well as these Terms, are subject to change and may be updated by the Western Force at any time in its sole discretion. To the full extent permitted by law, in no event shall the Western Force, its agents or suppliers be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, special or consequential damages whatsoever arising from or in any way connected with the use of the Western Force Website.

7. Miscellaneous

These Terms are governed by the laws of Western Australia and You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of Western Australian courts in resolving any issues or disputes arising under these Terms. Unless otherwise specified herein, these Terms constitute the entire agreement between You and the Western Force in regards to Your use of the Western Force Website. If You have any questions regarding these Terms or the Western Force Website, please contact:


Western Force
Privacy Policy
March 2018

This Privacy Policy outlines the principles and processes by which Sea of Blue Pty Ltd (trading as Western Force, and referred to here by that name) seeks to recognise and protect the privacy interests of all those parties from whom personal and/or sensitive information may be collected in the conduct of its business. This policy has been developed with reference to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the application of the Australian Privacy Principles.

1. What type of personal information does Western Force collect and hold?

The type of personal information that Western Force may collect and hold may include:

Should you choose not to provide this personal information to Western Force, it may mean that Western Force cannot provide you with product/services.

2. Why does Western Force collect your personal information?

Western Force collects your personal information in order to:

Western Force will from time to time use your personal information in order to directly market its products and services to you. In so doing, Western Force may use your residential address details, email address or telephone number(s) to contact you. Western Force will directly market to you as it considers appropriate in its absolute discretion based on its own analysis of the personal information it collects about you. If you object to Western Force directly marketing to you, you can request it to refrain from doing so by notifying the Western Force Privacy Officer in writing, as set out below.

3. How does Western Force collect my personal information?

In order to provide services to you, Western Force may gather personal information from the following sources:

4. How does Western Force store and hold personal information?

Western Force may hold information about you in the following formats:

5. To whom may Western Force disclose my personal information?

In the provision of Western Force’s services to you, Western Force may be required to disclose personal information to external entities, including:

Western Force does not share personal information with overseas entities in the normal course of its business, however if at any time information is required to be shared, Western Force will endeavour at all times to ensure such information is not used for any purpose other than that specifically intended and as would be reasonably able to be expected by you.

6. Can I access my information and have it corrected?

In the normal course of Western Force’s business with you, you can contact Western Force by email, in writing, over the phone or in person to check, update or correct information Western Force may already have collected for the purpose of providing services to you. You will be required to answer questions to prove your identity to us prior to, and in order to have such information amended or confirmed to you.

You can request access to your personal information at any time, or ask us to correct this information where you believe it is incorrect or out of date. No fee will be charged for a request to access the information. However, you may be charged the reasonable expenses incurred in providing the information you have requested (such as searching and photocopying costs if so incurred by us) if you require these to be provided to you.

To access your personal information, please contact the Western Force Privacy Officer in writing at:
Sea of Blue Pty Ltd
PO Box 3155
Broadway Nedlands WA 6009

By completing an authorised Western Force Application or Registration form or otherwise providing your personal information to Western Force, you consent to Western Force collecting, using, disclosing and handling personal information about you in accordance with this privacy policy, whether collected in the respective form (whether online or otherwise) or by any other means now or in the future. You also confirm that where you have supplied information (such as a name, address or email/telephone contact details) about any other person you have their consent to do so.

7. What if I am concerned about the handling of my personal information by Western Force?

If you feel that Western Force has not adhered to this policy in the course of its provision of service to you, please contact us, in writing, to let us know what you are concerned about (using the contact details above).