National Rugby Champions sign up for 2020
Three regular members of the Force’s victorious 2019 NRC squad have signed on to continue their careers in the West.
Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Pama Fou will join young speedsters Byron Ralston and Jake Strachan in turbocharging the Force backline heading into the inaugural Global Rapid Rugby competition.
Force head coach Tim Sampson is excited to have the three potential starters on board again.
“All three players have fitted in seamlessly because of their attitudes and personalities, they are genuinely good human beings and exactly the type of athletes we want in our club,” Sampson said.
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Fou represented Australian Sevens on 26 occasions, including the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he scored the winning try against Wales in a memorable come-from-behind victory in the Quarter-Finals. His experience has proved to be invaluable for the Force since his arrival.
“Pama is a calming influence in the group, he doesn’t say a lot in training but he is someone that leads through his actions on the field. He is a big body in midfield and is exceptionally skilful as well as reading the game really well. I think players that play around him really react positively to him being around,” Sampson said.
Fou’s maturity and rugby nous will be supplemented by the dynamism of Ralston and Strachan, with both outside backs fully justifying being plucked from the Queensland Premier Rugby competitions for the NRC campaign.
With seven tries, Ralston was one of the NRC’s leading scorers, and the 19-year old is keen to continue his scoring rampage in Global Rapid Rugby.
“You have to know where the try line is as a winger and Byron is outstanding out there. He was the top try scorer in Queensland premier rugby this year and knows how to finish once he has the ball in his hands. He is young and is a big body so will only benefit from being in a full-time program,” Sampson said.
The backs depth will be further boosted by former Brisbane City product, Jake Strachan, who proved to be a crucial member of the Force squad having played in all nine of the NRC games.
“Jake is one of those instinct players who is naturally gifted, his spatial awareness is really impressive and he can create opportunities for himself or put others into space,” Sampson said.
“I’d be perfectly happy to throw him at fly-half or full-back because his kicking game is one of his strengths and he can read attacking situations really well. I’m looking forward to seeing how he goes in 2020.”