W.Force to play two Perth SuperRugby warm ups

Perth based Super Rugby franchise the Western Force have announced that they will play two Super Rugby warm up pre-season matches in at McGillivray Oval in Mount Claremont.

The first of the two pre-season fixtures will be against the ACT Brumbies (Friday, 23 January) and the second will be against the Asia Pacific Dragons (Saturday, 31 January).

The two matches will give the passionate ‘Sea of Blue’ their opportunity to see the Western Force in action prior to their Super Rugby season-opener against the NSW Waratahs in Sydney on Sunday, 15 February.

The Western Australians will open their pre-season campaign against the Brumbies, who contested last year’s Super Rugby semi-finals. The Force has previously played pre-season matches against the Brumbies in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

The second fixture will feature the Asia Pacific Dragons, an invitational side to be coached by All Blacks legend Tana Umaga, made up of players currently playing in Japan.

The Dragons’ line-up has previously featured the likes of Test players George Gregan, Toutai Kefu, George Smith, Justin Marshall, Jerry Collins, Mils Muiliana, Seilala Mapasua and Rupeni Caucaunibuca.

Head Coach Michael Foley says the matches will an important final hit-out ahead of the Super Rugby season.

“There was a great atmosphere during the Perth Spirit match at McGillivray Oval earlier this year and we’re looking forward to playing both pre-season matches in front of our fans in Perth, ” he said.

“The Brumbies and Asia Pacific Dragons will provide strong opposition for us to finalise our preparations ahead of the season. The Brumbies have been the pace-setters in the Australian conference over the past three seasons, while the Dragons will also test us with a number of players familiar to Super Rugby and Test rugby set to be involved.

“This season presents a new challenge for the team and the club as we look to back up last season’s step forward. “

Ticketing information for both matches will be available next month.

2015 Western Force Pre-Season Fixtures

1. Friday, 23 January:
Western Force v Brumbies
Venue : McGillivray Oval, Mt Claremont, Perth.
Kick-off: 5pm

2. Saturday, 31 January:
Western Force v Asia Pacific Dragons
Venue : McGillivray Oval, Mt Claremont, Perth.
Kick-off: 5pm

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