Brache to continue playing for the Western Force

Western Force utility back Marcel Brache will remain with the club through to
the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

The energetic winger/centre played all but one match for the Western Australian
club this year, having joined the Force from South Africa’s Western Province
for the 2014 season.

Having joined the Force with 41 Currie Cup caps to his name for Western Province
and a Varsity Cup title with the University of Cape Town Ikey Tigers, the 28-year-old
says he’s excited about continuing his rugby in Perth.

“To be honest, I didn’t want to be anywhere else,” he said.

“From a personal perspective, I’m really enjoying being a part
of this team and this club. Professionally, I feel like my game is continuing
to develop which is really important.

“It felt like a huge decision to come across initially, but now I’ve
been here for two years I’m really keen to stay longer and I love living
in Perth.

“It’s such a great team and environment to be a part of. Our supporters
are fantastic and are so passionate and committed to the team’s cause,
and I can’t wait to have the opportunity to repay the faith and support
I’ve received from the club and our Sea of Blue.”

Brache also acknowledged the strength of the Force Family program, which links
incoming Force players with a local support family.

“My own family was so supportive of my decision to come across and play
in Australia,” he said. “To then have the support that we do through
the Force Families while we’re here has made transitioning and settling
so much easier, and I know a lot of the other guys really appreciate the support
we receive from them.”

Brache says he’s excited about what the team can achieve over the next
two seasons.

“We were all disappointed with last season,” he said. “We
showed glimpses of what we could do without being able to round games out, but
there were a few games where we didn’t pitch up – which is particularly
disappointing and simply not acceptable.

“While it’s difficult at the time, you learn a lot from losing and
gain greater insight into yourselves and what you have to work on. While we’re
obviously grateful for and keen to build on what we achieved in 2014, in the
long run, we will gain a lot from the 2015 season which will help define how
much better we can be.”

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