Force

Force no match for battered Blues in Auckland

  The Blues' easy victory over the bottom-of-the-table Force reinforced the growing reputation of teenage loose forward Akira Ioane.

Blues out to enjoy return home

Jerome Kaino of the Blues.

The Blues are looking to the comforts of home to provide a forgettable Super Rugby campaign with late respectability.

Force keen to avoid an unwanted piece of history

​Rising star: Adam Coleman was tentatively named in the squad on Thursday, but is expected to miss the match because of a shoulder injury.

​The Western Force will be aiming to avoid an unwanted slice of history when they take on the Blues in Saturday's Super Rugby clash in Auckland.

Nathan Charles: what it's like to room with the Honey Badger

Nick Cummins, AKA The Honey Badger.

Nathan Charles   As the Western Force takes to the road, Nathan Charles gives an insight into what it's like to share hotel rooms with teammates - including Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins.

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Cowan high up in the Force pecking order

Force captain Matt Hodgson (left) with Pek Cowan and Nathan Charles.

Nathan Charles   As the Super Rugby competition rolls on, we have now headed 'across the ditch' to take on the Waikato Chiefs in Hamilton this Friday night.

Western Force vow not to play Super blame game

Force skipper Matt Hodgson will return for the club this week.

Milestone man Pek Cowan hopes the Western Force's ability to avoid the blame game will help them break their eight-match losing run this week.

No fears of re-injury for Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson

Matt Hodgson.

Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson is confident his body will hold firm for the rest of the Super Rugby campaign, saying his pre-season hamstring injury was a one-in-a-million occurrence.

Force take Stormers down to the wire

Battlefront: Pek Cowan attempts to break free from Steven Kitshoff.

The Western Force came within centimetres of ending their losing run, but in the end it was to no avail as the Stormers secured a 13-6 win in Saturday night's Super Rugby clash at nib Stadium.

Nathan Charles: the loyalty of Western Force captain Matt Hodgson

Nathan Charles and Matt Hogson.

Nathan Charles   Matt Hodgson's re-signing means he will likely finish his career at the same club where it began, well over a decade and more than 100 matches ago

Force skipper Matt Hodgson re-signs

Matt Hodgson will stay with the Force.

Wallabies flanker Matt Hodgson has signed to stay with Super Rugby's Western Force for another season.

Cheetahs down wasteful Force in Perth

Steve Mafi keeps his eye on the ball.

The Western Force's losing run stretched to seven games after they suffered a 24-15 defeat to the lowly Cheetahs in Perth on Saturday night.

Nathan Charles: reflecting on 10 years of the Western Force

A flashback to the Western Force's first ever home win in 2007.

Nathan Charles   Hard to imagine it's been 10 years since a rally of community support saw the Western Force get off the ground in Perth.

Force play it safe with skipper Hodgson

One more week: Matt Hodgson of the Force.

Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson will have to wait at least one more week before making his Super Rugby return.

Force's Sam Wykes to head overseas

Sam Wykes will lead the Western Force in the absence of regular captain Matt Hodgson.

Justin Chadwick   The Western Force remain hopeful they'll be able to retain the services of powerful forward Ben McCalman, but stand-in skipper Sam Wykes has confirmed he'll be leaving Australian rugby at the end of the Super Rugby season.

Disallowed tries cost Force against Sharks

Powerplay: Steve Mafi of the Western Force charges into the Sharks defence.

Chris Pike   Two disallowed tries ensured the Western Force ended their South African tour fruitless on Saturday, with the Sharks winning their Super Rugby match 15-9 at Kings Park in Durban.

Bulls break hearts of brave Force

Luke Burton of the Western Force tackled by Rudy Paige of the Bulls.

Chris Pike   A brave Western Force side made all the running, scored three tries to one and overcame two second-half yellow cards but the Bulls escaped with a last gasp 25-24 Super Rugby win at Loftus Versfeld.

Western Force not scared of Bulls in Pretoria

Nick Cummins hopes to be celebrating after the Force tackle the Bulls in Pretoria.

The Western Force are adamant they have nothing to fear when they travel to Pretoria to take on the Bulls on Saturday.

Rebels beat Force on the road in Perth

Rough and tumble: Sam Wykes of the Force is tackled by Scott Higginbotham of the Rebels.

Force launch wave after wave of attack in dying minutes but Rebels hold on for 21-17 win.

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Western Force keen to make amends for flop

Western Force taking on the Brumbies at Canberra Stadium earlier this year.

Redemption will be the key theme for the Western Force when they take on the Melbourne Rebels in Friday night's Super Rugby clash in Perth.