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    Growing the grassroots in WA

    Growing the grassroots in WA with the help of Nicola and Andrew Forrest


    Western Force Cup to change WA rugby landscape:

    The Western Force Cup aims to be the premier school-aged rugby competition in the country.

    The Western Australian school competition, formerly known as the Rugby Schools Cup, has today been relaunched as the Western Force Cup.

    Made possible through the generous support of Dr Andrew Forrest AO and Nicola Forrest AO, the Western Force Cup will see 18 schools from across the Perth metropolitan area compete for the 2022 title.

    The competition will take place over an eight-week period between July and September 2022, with Grand Final Day on September 21. Teams will be based across three hubs, including a North, Central and South Zone, with six schools per zone.

    Dr Forrest, the Chairman of the Western Force, said the competition would showcase emerging WA talent, increase the accessibility of rugby union and create pathways for boys and girls who wanted to play rugby.

    “The change in name reflects the growing prominence of the Western Force. Right throughout the Western Australian community we are building something truly special, and we’re building it from the ground up,” Dr Forrest said.

    “Last year, we provided $5 million to create an elite pathways program. This is on top of the $2 million we had already committed to women’s and children’s rugby in WA.

    “A thriving rugby community requires a rock-solid foundation, that’s why we’re investing in the grassroots. The boys and girls playing in the Western Force Cup are the lifeblood of our sport in this State and our future champions.”

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    Hope they are not going to schools south of river……

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    Weird statement from someone who has their location set as Cockburn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugbymum View Post
    Hope they are not going to schools south of river……
    same whingy comment from the Sea of Blue posts.

    Its getting a bit boring......

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    ...speaking of grassroots, a sauce informed me recently that Shakey has been, um, relieved of his duties and is no longer at RWA.

    Say it ain't so, Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugbymum View Post
    Hope they are not going to schools south of river……
    Anyone with basic comprehension would know that's going to be exactly the case. If they bothered read it thru before making a Goose of themselves.

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    More exciting news in the West as Nicola and Andrew Forrest set about growing the game in the West

    How blessed are we to have Nicola and Andrew Forrest supporting the game we all love


    Introducing the Western Force Cup

    Nicola and Andrew Forrest announcing the cup

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    WA rugby makes big push into schools with the launch of the Western Force Cup


    From The West:


    The junior sporting landscape is set to change with WA Rugby making a big push into schools with the launch of the Western Force Cup.

    They tested the appetite for the game this year with the Rugby Schools Cup that attracted nine sides with Aranmore College winning both the boys and girls tournaments.

    But next year the newly-named competition has doubled to 18 schools as part of $5 million grassroots-to-eilte pathway funding from mining magnate Andrew Forrest.

    Forrest, who saved the Force four years ago after they were controversially axed by Rugby Australia, said the competition would showcase emerging talent, increase the accessibility of rugby and create pathways for boys and girls.

    “The change in name reflects the growing prominence of the Western Force,” Forrest said.

    “We are building something truly special, and we’re building it from the ground up.

    “A thriving rugby community requires a rock-solid foundation, that’s why we’re investing in the grassroots.

    “The boys and girls playing in the Western Force Cup are the lifeblood of our sport and our future champions.”

    Force chief executive Tony Lewis said: “We are using the branding to reinforce that if you have an ambition, want to follow a professional career, it is inextricably linked to rugby within the state.”

    RugbyWA chief executive and former Force and Wallabies hooker Nathan Charles said the tournament was integral to the sustainability of WA rugby.

    “The success we had in year one shows what we can do in three, four, five years time.....a competition that’s here for the long term,” Charles said.

    Former Wallaby and Force captain Matt Hodgson, now Force rugby manager, said: “We are going to schools that have never picked up the ball.

    “This is a unique opportunity, something I wish I’d had at school, a clear pathway going into a representative team.

    “Give it four or five years and you will see players graduate from the Western Force Cup into the Western Force team.”

    The competition will be played by 13-14 year-olds who will progress into higher age groups.

    It will be played on Wednesday’s July to September to allow youngsters to play for their local clubs at weekends, which PSA players are not allowed to do.

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    Twiggy chasing a tax break in addition to zero tax he already pays - lucky for us Rugby is the beneficiary.

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    Great news. Look forward to see this comp double in size and more age groups each year.

    The PSA 13-14 year old boys (and younger) also play during the week days and are free to play club rugby on the weekend, as many do.

    It is only in years 11-12 or about 16-18 years old, that PSA rugby is played on Saturday along with their AFL, soccer etc. Great traditional inter PSA school sports rivalry, which rugby is part off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    Twiggy chasing a tax break in addition to zero tax he already pays - lucky for us Rugby is the beneficiary.
    As a wise man once said, "it's only a rort if you're not involved".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ecky View Post
    ...speaking of grassroots, a sauce informed me recently that Shakey has been, um, relieved of his duties and is no longer at RWA.

    Say it ain't so, Joe
    Unfortunately it is true

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    Twiggy chasing a tax break in addition to zero tax he already pays - lucky for us Rugby is the beneficiary.
    Umm and the issue to give money away to get a tax break is? I am sure no one else would be claiming a deductible for this 😉

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    Quote Originally Posted by .X. View Post
    same whingy comment from the Sea of Blue posts.

    Its getting a bit boring......
    RugbyWA is apparently chosing to remove 4 clubs south of river from the Premier Grade Competition. Over 1/3 of the junior numbers play for these clubs. The schools cup will generate interest but there will be no clubs for the kids to play for. The way the clubs are being treated is disgusting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Anyone with basic comprehension would know that's going to be exactly the case. If they bothered read it thru before making a Goose of themselves.
    My point was that there will be no rugby union clubs South of the River for the school kids to play for (besides Palmyra). 4 clubs being removed from Prem Grade Comp by RugbyWA.

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    Well, fair point then, if it eventuates. But you'd need to be a Vulcan to decipher that from the OP.

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