Meet our Development Team!

The RugbyWA Development Team are a hardworking group, who are passionate about sharing rugby throughout the state. Always in the community, our Development Officers work to increase participation in the sport, and strengthen the link between schools, program participants, our clubs and other stakeholders.

Development Diaries

School Programs - Gavin Laycock

In Term 1, we achieved remarkable success in engaging schools, successfully introducing rugby to 7580 students across both secondary and primary schools. Utilizing both "Junior Force" and "Get In Rugby Schools" programs, we had a great time engaging these schools and students about our amazing game. 

Over the past term and months, we have witnessed massive development within the women's development space, especially with our support of the Igass Winter Sports Carnival. This event provided us with the opportunity to demonstrate to more WA girls why rugby is the fastest-growing women's sport in the world, and we look forward to developing this further in the future.  

Last month, the development team meticulously planned and executed a successful holiday clinic, attended by up to 90 rugby players across WA aged 8-13. Participants had the opportunity to experience a day in the life of their Western Force heroes. Over the course of the three days, players honed their core skills essential to becoming a Western Force player. Additionally, they had the chance to compare their fitness test scores against those of renowned athletes like Harry Potter and local hero Marley Pearce. The clinic also provided insight into the detailed processes and routines followed by the Force coaching and playing team on a daily basis, including a tour of the Force's facilities and opportunities to interact with players and coaching staff, asking questions and gaining valuable insights.

Club Programs - Nick Cumings

This past month has been an exciting start to the 2024 Junior Club Rugby season.  

Our focus has been around assisting the U6, U7 and U8 age group coaches with their practice sessions. As we all know, these junior age groups are very important for us to assist in the delivery of fun and engaging skill sessions to increase participation numbers as well as retain the players that we already have. 

The following clubs have had the opportunity to learn and play Tri-Tag so far this month: 

  • Swan Suburbs 
  • Perth Irish 
  • Southern Lions  

We would like to give a special shoutout to Ellenbrook Vipers junior club committee on planning and organizing their "Tiny Tots” program introducing the fundamental skills for U4 and U5 boys and girls.  

If you would like us to assist in the delivery of 1 or 2 evening sessions and/or just want to find out more about the benefits of Tri-Tag, please reach out to me at  

School Competitions - Nephi Baker

Western Force Cup  

Term 1

In Term 1, we had 11 schools compete across a Northern Gala Day (Wanneroo Rugby Club) and a Southern Gala Day (Thornlie SHS). Aranmore took out the trophy across all age groups, in the 8/9’s, 10/11’s boys and 8/9 girls. 

Term 2

Term 2’s Western Force Cup Gala Days will be kicking off on May 21st (North) and May 23rd (South) with 16 schools looking to participate across Perth. The top 8 schools will battle it out for the trophy at UWA Sports Park on June 19th


  • Aranmore CC 
  • Thornlie SHS 
  • CBC 
  • Churchland’s 
  • John XXIII 
  • La Salle College 
  • Ridgeview SC 
  • Mother Teresa CC 
  • Kings College 
  • Aveley SC 
  • Bullsbrook SHS 
  • Joseph Banks SC 
  • Christchurch  
  • Swan View HS 
  • Coastal Lakes College 


Scotch College Festival of Rugby

Scotch College hosted their preseason Festival of Rugby on Thursday, April 11, 2024, where we saw 5 school teams playing 15-aside before the PSA competition kicks off.  

We have upcoming gala days in Term 3 and 4 - if you would like your school to be apart of these or want any additional information, please contact me at 

All Abilities - Ashley Munrowd-Harris

The All Abilities rugby season has begun! Southern Lions and Perth Bayswater are holding weekly training sessions, while Wanneroo RUFC is organizing a "Come Try All Abilities Rugby" event on May 9th. Excitingly the All Abilities teams demonstrated their skills during halftime at the Western Force vs Crusaders match on April 20th, nothing could wipe the smile off their faces. 

During the month, RugbyWA has integrated All Abilities rugby into external programs led by the WA Disability Association and Reclink Australia, bringing rugby to fresh faces statewide. Additionally, we've been regularly visiting Koorana Education Support Centre to deliver Get Into Rugby All Abilities sessions to more than 60 students each week. The students enthusiastically engage in the activities, and the joy evident on their faces is invaluable. Returning to Koorana for the second year has been immensely gratifying; witnessing the students' growing confidence and skill levels has been truly remarkable. 

RugbyWA ran our very first Rugby Beyond Limits program hosting 12 players alongside our holiday program. Working closely with Calm & Connected Occupational Therapist Tom Onions to deliver a skill development program for players with all abilities. The program saw players build new skills around tackling and ball handling, with the special appearance from Western Force player Atu Moli. The Rugby Beyond Limits program will run during the school holidays of each semester, so keep an eye out!  

What's On in Development