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    Alison I've got no issue with the passion etc. What I am concerned about is losing some of these fellas and them uprooting families etc and us having to rebuild with young guys with no experience or culture again. PEK and a few of the other (ruru) have that in spades. If we can utilise the brass to help them and it helps rugby WA concentrate on making the comp better without the stress of providing funds to the players and some staff then it could only be a good thing. Pretty sure no other state union whether it be league etc has this concept. What I'm also trying to say to the rest of Australia is look at our setup. Let's get pro active and create a whole new Force that hopefully will rival the set up of the crusaders etc. Let's give the next generation of WA kids something to strive for. Alison I reckon you've killed the pig with your investigation and I hope you absolutely tear them apart I'm just floating the idea so these lads can feel comfortable with staying here and help build something magic. Scary as it sounds but potentially something that has never been done in Australia before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    So, keep your thinking caps on and (if you can) keep your money set aside for the time being as I'm sure both will be welcome by RWA in due course once they've had chance to digest everything and start thinking about "where to from here for community rugby in WA".
    In addition to the OTF funds, there's also the money which would have been spent on Force memberships in 2018 - I for one would be happy to have my 2018 membership money go into a community rugby initiative in WA, so I hope that RWA will be imaginative about options for the former Force membership and their money.

    I'm as sure as heck not going to spend my money on flakey "Interstate" or "Out of Town" memberships of the Brumbies or the Rebels.

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    They could have a "force alumni" membership or something as a fundraiser for community rugby. Give members the opportunity to continue their membership, and if/when the force are resurrected membership continues uninterrupted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren View Post
    They could have a "force alumni" membership or something as a fundraiser for community rugby. Give members the opportunity to continue their membership, and if/when the force are resurrected membership continues uninterrupted.
    Good idea.

    My wife and I have been Force gold members since inauguration in 2006, and there was value in being long-term members (mainly in priority for reseating). So perhaps a funding/membership model can be developed so that the "Force alumni" can retain a link with rugby in WA and prior membership of the Force may have some kind of value in a resurrected Western Force.

    I hope that Rugby WA has retained all the membership records of the Western Force (including members' contact details). If the ARU has them, then they are likely to end up at Eastern Creek.

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