‘Cannon’ ball fired into Loftus

Western Force hooker Brendon Cannon will be playing in his 100th Super rugby match when he runs out against the Bulls at Loftus Versveld on Friday, a remarkable milestone in his engaging rugby career.

Cannon will become only the 14th player in the competition’s history to notch a century of Super rugby games, having retained his position as starting hooker for the match.

The Wallaby star will be joining an elite list of Australian players in the centurion club including John Eales, Matt Burke and George Gregan when he pulls on his Force jersey on Friday night.

The Bulls clash will also represent his 12th Super cap for the Force.

“Yeah, I’m really looking forward to it. It’s come at a bit of a surprise at how quickly this milestone has come around,” Cannon told this website.

“It’s something that will only sink in once the game has finished, but I am very happy to be playing my 100th game.”

Cannon, who was the first player to sign with the Western Force, began his Super rugby career in 1996 with the Reds, and went on to play the bulk of his matches with the Waratahs.

“It certainly shows the Super 14 has longevity on our side. It’s a good indictaion that super rugby is such a strong game, I’m sure there will be others that will continue along the same path,” predicted a very modest Cannon.

“I’ve been involved in the Super 12, Super 14 – I don’t think I will be involved in the Super 16! But it’s been a great tournament and I’ve really enjoyed being a part of it.”

Of course every rugby player’s career is a rollercoaster rides that sees their ups and their downs, and Cannon is no exception.

After being a part of the Super rugby extravaganza for over eleven years, the 33-year-old has certainly built up memories and bonds with players that will last a lifetime.

Although Cannon’s career didn’t get the fireworks he was hoping for with the Queensland Reds, his involvment with the New South Wales (NSW) Waratahs turned things around for the veteran hooker.

“My time with the Waratahs was five or six years of uninterupted Super 12 rugby that was very pleasing and satisfying for me,” Cannon remembers.

“Getting chosen to represent Australia whilst playing for the Waratahs and making the semi-finals of the Super 12 twice was a great achievement.”

But every high must have a low, and Cannon cringes at the thought of a game that he is more than happy putting behind him.

“Least memorable game would probably be the 2003 thashing against the Crusaders,” recalls Cannon.

“I was sitting on the sidelines for the first 60 minutes of the game. I went on when it was 63-0. I really didn’t think I was worth 63 points, but I gave it a good crack and we went down 96-19. It was just one of those sureal unbelievable games of rugby.

Cannon has been blessed with playing in good company along the years and is quick to point out legends of the game that he had the honour of getting dirty with.

“Been able to play with a number of amazing players such as Tim Horan, Jason Little, John Eales, Matt Burke, Chris Whitacker, Phil Waugh was a major highlight.

“And just being a part of establishing a new franchise with the Force from scratch. Last year was probably the most challenging yet most rewarding year of my rugby career.

“Just to be a part of something and know the legacy that all the founding players through the franchise are going to be here for many years to come.”

Cannon’s achievement, as fantastic as it is, will need to be put at the back of his mind for 80 minutes as one team that will be looking to end the festivities are the 2006 Super 14 semi-finalists the Bulls.

This is something the 42-capped Wallaby is all too aware of.

“The Bulls won’t make it easy, especially on their home turf,” Cannon said.

“But wherever you play the Bulls, they are alway

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