Force debutants represent 2020 success story

· Super Rugby - AU
by Rugby WA Media

Following a season that saw the club return to Super Rugby, one hugely positive statistic from the season stood out for head coach Tim Sampson.

During our 2020 campaign, Sampson gave a staggering 14 players their first taste of Super Rugby.

From Byron Ralston’s unforgettable debut against the NSW Waratahs all the way to Dom Hardman becoming the 200th Western Force player, it’s been a season to remember.

“I was so happy for our guys to be in this competition and get the exposure they deserve,” Sampson explained.

“It’s certainly one of those proud moments.”

With plenty of conjecture surrounding what’s in store for 2021, Sampson is full of positivity for the tight-knit group.

“To blood so many guys and give them a taste of what Super Rugby is, is great. I think whatever happens next year and beyond, this is only going to benefit us as a club.”

Captain Ian Prior echoed Sampson’s thoughts, while noting its importance on a national scale.

“You talk about having those five Australian teams and blooding players… talent like Fergus Lee-Warner and Jack McGregor, that might have been lost overseas. That’s the point of us being here and developing those players.”

List of 2020 Super Rugby AU Force Debutants:

Jacob Abel
Ollie Callan
Tevin Ferris
Dom Hardman
Nick Jooste
Feleti Kaitu’u
Brad Lacey
Fergus Lee-Warner
Jack McGregor
Byron Ralston
Tom Sheminant
Henry Stowers
Jake Strachan
Angus Wagner