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    https://www.westernforce.com.au/core...9HHorULPN3qDgk
    Longbottom, Brache and Stander signed

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    Quote Originally Posted by .X. View Post
    Richard Kahui made the most of what he was given. And, I don't believe that he was given much. The ball he received from those inside of him was generally very poor. It's hard to create opportunities when you are starting on the backfoot.
    I'd argue that X. Apart from that brilliant kick GIGS referred to, I thought he kicked away possession too often when through the hands was the better option and the missed tackle count was a worry. A true class player; but @ 36 and not having played top class Rugby for 7 years or a test for 9 even SRAU was just a bridge too far. Kearney, OTOH has played 292 for Leinster was still playing tests in 2020. No brainer. Thrush was only 4 years out of SR and Test footy when he joined. Capable of big minutes and a high work rate. Quite capable of going around again in 2021 - and maybe further with a reduced work load.

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    Ireland great joins the Force
    September 29, 2020
    Ireland’s most decorated player, Rob Kearney, has signed with the Western Force on a one-year deal.

    The fullback, who scored 82 points in 95 appearances for Ireland, joins from current PRO14 champions Leinster Rugby.

    Kearney’s illustrious international career has included two Grand Slams (2009 and 2018), four Six Nations triumphs (2009, 2014, 2015 and 2018) and three World Cup campaigns (2011, 2015 and 2019).

    At club level, Kearney has earned 219 caps for Leinster, playing a crucial role in establishing the provincial side as Ireland’s most successful club team, where he lifted six PRO14 titles, four European Champions Cups and a European Challenge Cup since debuting against Welsh side Ospreys back in 2005.

    Kearney’s aerial prowess, strength and reliability throughout his career has seen the Dundalk-born player also earn three caps for the British and Irish Lions, which included Tours to South Africa in 2009 and a series victory against Australia in 2013.

    Having conquered the European club and international landscape for over a decade, Kearney is delighted for the opportunity to ply his trade in Western Australia.

    “I am delighted to be joining the Western Force for their upcoming season and excited to play with such an ambitious club who are looking to improve on this year’s campaign,” Kearney explained.

    “I hope to add value both on and off the field that complements the high ambition of the club.

    “I’m particularly excited to immerse myself in a new performance environment and to play both with and against some of the best players and teams in the southern hemisphere.

    “I look forward to moving to Western Australia to begin building relationships with my new teammates and coaches alike and to meet the ever-growing Western Force fan base which also includes a strong Irish contingent.”

    Head of rugby Matt Hodgson is excited to see the Force attract world class talent, saying it shows the potential and positive development of the club.

    “Rob is a fantastic signing, but more than that he is a great person who will be able to bring a lot to WA rugby,” Hodgson stated.

    “He is a player of the highest calibre that brings a wealth of experience and quality to the side.

    “He also brings a winning mentality, having experienced so much success for his country and Leinster. We can’t wait for the Sea of Blue and the sizeable Irish community within WA to see him pull on the Force jersey next season.”

    Kearney will join the club for pre-season later this year.

    More player announcements can be expected in the coming weeks.

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    In other trivia Holloway & Hanigan leaving Tahs for Japan, apparently they’re signing SM Wykes.
    English, Ha’angana, Tupou, Deegan, Stolberg, Louwrens, Rangi, Kellaway (All Japan), So Deegan not wanted back at Force?

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    Quote Originally Posted by valzc View Post
    In other trivia Holloway & Hanigan leaving Tahs for Japan, apparently they’re signing SM Wykes.
    English, Ha’angana, Tupou, Deegan, Stolberg, Louwrens, Rangi, Kellaway (All Japan), So Deegan not wanted back at Force?
    I saw somewhere today that RA and RUPA have agreed that the Super clubs only have to pay 70% of the players contracted pay. But I imagine RUPA got agreement to allow those players to go to Japan for a few months and top up their wages there in our off-season and pre-season, like RA have allowed Michael Hooper to do.

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    I went looking for some Rob Kearney highlights and found this on YouTube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H0gZ1t-T1M

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    Also found this interview with Brian O'Driscoll om the subject of Rob Kearney and the value he will bring to the Force

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cz5zi1ZafA

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    What we really, really, really need is a world-class fly half!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    What we really, really, really need is a world-class fly half!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    What we really, really, really need is a world-class fly half!!
    Hopefully Jake McIntyre will be in the next batch of Force announcements. Maybe not world class, but probably first class and still in his twenties

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    Cmon Matt go Barrett .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSJ View Post
    Also found this interview with Brian O'Driscoll om the subject of Rob Kearney and the value he will bring to the Force

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cz5zi1ZafA
    Thanks. BO'D gives a great insight to what he will bring with emphasis on the mentoring role. The other clip highlighted just what an attacking weapon he actually was. Hopefully a fresh start here can rekindle a bit of that brilliance with the ball..

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Thanks. BO'D gives a great insight to what he will bring with emphasis on the mentoring role. The other clip highlighted just what an attacking weapon he actually was. Hopefully a fresh start here can rekindle a bit of that brilliance with the ball..
    The other bit I liked, was when BOD send he said at the end that Rob was in great condition at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bootsetal06 View Post
    Cmon Matt go Barrett .....
    With no apology to Dolly ...

    Beaudene, Beaudene, Beaudene, Beau-deeeen!
    I'm begging of you please don't take this man

    Beaudene, Beaudene, Beaudene, BEAU-DEEEEEN!
    Please don't take him just because you can

    I cannot compete without you, Beaudene ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiap View Post
    With no apology to Dolly ...

    Beaudene, Beaudene, Beaudene, Beau-deeeen!
    I'm begging of you please don't take this man

    Beaudene, Beaudene, Beaudene, BEAU-DEEEEEN!
    Please don't take him just because you can

    I cannot compete without you, Beaudene ...


    Damn Dude - I reckon Dolly Parton just rolled over in her bed and she hasn't done that since she was 14.

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