Van Wyk re-signs with the Force until end of 2017

The Perth based Western Force have signed young front-rower Francois van Wyk
for another two Super Rugby seasons or until the end of 2017.

The 24-year-old joins Chris Heiberg, Oliver Hoskins and Pek Cowan (all signed
to the end of 2016) and Tetera Faulkner (2017) as props that have already recommitted
to the Force beyond the 2015 season.

The powerful propping prospect has played four matches for the Western Force,
including two matches at the beginning of the 2015 Super Rugby tournament before
his season was cut short by a torn pectoral muscle suffered in his maiden run-on
start against the Queensland Reds in Week Two.

South African-born van Wyk, who previously represented Western Province in South
Africa, has returned to the field for the Perth Spirit in the National Rugby
Championship, already demonstrating the strong impact and providing the set
piece platform he was able to provide prior to his injury.

Van Wyk says he’s excited to be continuing his career with the Western
Force.

“After my injury this season I thought it might be difficult to be re-signed,
but the belief the Force has shown in me for the next two years really means
a lot,” van Wyk said.

“I just want to give as much back as I can to the Force over the next
two years or more.

“I feel like I’ve improved massively from a technical point of view
over the past two years, thanks to Foles (Michal Foley), Dave (Wessels) and
Footey (Kevin Foote). I was just a young pup when I came originally, but technically
and scrumming-wise I feel like I’ve improved a lot. While I know there’s
still a lot to learn, it’s great to have three coaches that are so committed
to helping me improve all areas of my game.

“It’s also been great having guys like Tet (Faulkner) and Pek (Cowan)
around. For a young player like me, learning from guys who are the best in your
position is so important. In my first year, I wanted to take every little bit
of information that they gave me to get the knowledge to help me improve.

“I felt really unlucky to have the injury last season, but hopefully next
year I’ll be ready to go. I’m really hungry to play and the NRC
is so important for me in my preparation for next year, and I’m really
hoping I can contribute to the team again.”

Western Force Head Coach Michael Foley says van Wyk is a player with immense
potential.

“While still young in front-row terms, Francois shows a great appetite
for the contest and is developing his understanding in the scrum,” he
said.

“While this season was disrupted by injury, his performance off the bench
against the Waratahs provided an insight to what ‘Frankie’ is capable
of.”

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