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    Western Force go retro ahead of make or break Super Rugby season

    Nick Taylor
    Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:55AM



    Western Force have gone back to the future, borrowing from the design and shade of blue of their foundation year for their 2017 Super Rugby jumper.

    They unveiled the new jumper yesterday as they announced that engineering and project services contractor Clough has re-signed as a sponsor for the next three years.

    Force chief executive Mark Sinderberry said the return to the original style was a deliberate move.

    “It shows respect for the past and provides us with strong direction moving forward,” Sinderberry said.

    “There have been a number of variations through the years and getting back to the original jumper was important.”

    New captain Ben McCalman said the move was important to the team.

    “It’s important to remember the players that have been here, that we still represent them every time we play. It’s great to have it back,” McCalman said.

    For the past three seasons the Force had individual sponsors for the front of jumpers, $50,000 for each starting number and $25,000 for each of the reserves, after Emirates pulled out of its naming-rights contract worth about $1 million a year.

    The individual sponsors have now been moved to the back of the jumper with the club hopeful of signing a naming-rights sponsor for the front.


    Sinderberry also said re-signing Clough, which has been a sponsor for the last three years, was another step towards showing the Australian Rugby Union the Force were financially viable. Super Rugby is under review by governing body SANZAAR amid speculation that the Force could be cut after the 2017 season if the ARU is forced to cull one of its five sides.

    Sinderberry also said more than 4500 expressions of interest had been received in the “Own The Force” campaign to turn them into Australia’s premier fan-owned club.

    The plan is to issue at least 5000 certificates of ownership costing $1000 each.

    “We are making strides but we haven’t solved all the problems,” Sinderberry said.

    https://thewest.com.au/sport/rugby-u...-ng-b88329398z

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    I wonder if a new direct flight to London will cause a major sponsor to "hop" onboard

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    I also wonder how much the individual sponsors now paid if they are being relegated to the back.

    cant see Qantas supporting the force and the wallabies. and IMO their money is more valuable to the wallabies. a British firm potentially though. but maybe not until after the flights have started.

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    Flight Centre Western Force?
    Expedia Western Force?
    Skyscanner Western Force?
    Webjet Western Force?
    Jetset (or whatever they call themselves now) Western Force?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    I wonder if a new direct flight to London will cause a major sponsor to "hop" onboard
    Virgin Australia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DazloT View Post
    Flight Centre Western Force?
    Expedia Western Force?
    Skyscanner Western Force?
    Webjet Western Force?
    Jetset (or whatever they call themselves now) Western Force?
    Western ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueandblack View Post
    Western ?
    My owners vote would support that 👍

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    I quite like the Virgin Force

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    Ha...yeah virgin Force has a nice ring to it.....what happens when we win the comp for the first time?
    Does Virgin sponsor anything in Aus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ43 View Post
    Ha...yeah virgin Force has a nice ring to it.....what happens when we win the comp for the first time?
    Does Virgin sponsor anything in Aus?
    Official travel partner for the AFL and they also sponsor the GWS Giants.

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    http://www.theage.com.au/rugby-union...06-gtmwiu.html

    ... industry whispers suggest rugby is on the nose and has an inflated sense of its market value in Australia's crowded sporting landscape.

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    Is there any other sport that talks itself down as much rugby union?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beige View Post
    Is there any other sport that talks itself down as much rugby union?
    Its our sports biggest failing. Too many Empire builders, with their own agendas who just cant wait to get in front of a reporter to tell them how a team or a CEO or a Coach is doing something wrong and how they can do so much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beige View Post
    Is there any other sport that talks itself down as much rugby union?
    Rugby League.

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    I don't think league suffers from talking itself down, more from addle-headed individuals doing dumb things that destroy any good work that has been done before them

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