Force

Three Australian finalists a pipedream

Paul Cully 7:16 PM   ARU boss Bill Pulver's pre-season prediction about three locals in the finals is already looking on the hopeful side.

Hurricanes thump Western Force in Perth

Eye-catching: Julian Savea goes over for a try that was later disallowed.

All Blacks winger Julian Savea scored a brilliant solo try to inspire the Hurricanes to a 42-13 bonus-point victory over the Western Force in Friday night's Super Rugby clash in Perth.

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Force v Hurricanes

nib Stadium, Perth Friday 10pm (AEST)

Cummins to miss Hurricanes clash

No rush:  Nick Cummins is back with the Force but will not play on Friday.

Justin Chadwick   Western Force winger Nick Cummins will be held back from Friday night's Super Rugby clash with the Hurricanes to ensure he'll be cherry ripe to face the Brumbies next week.

The Honey Badger back on home turf

Nick Cummins, AKA The Honey Badger.

Nathan Charles   With his flowing locks and his turn-of-phrase continuing to keep the boys entertained, it’s good to have him back, writes Nathan Charles.

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Reds put Hunt scandal aside to beat Force

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21:  Chris Feauai-Sautia of the Reds breaks through the defence during the round two Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Force at Suncorp Stadium on February 21, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton   After a week brewed in the fiery pits of Hell, then served up to Ballymore ice cold, the Queensland Reds needed something to smile about. And got it at a sodden Suncorp Stadium.

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Nathan Charles: sore but a good sore as Western Force move to round two

Nathan Charles and Ben McCalman

Nathan Charles   Nathan Charles opens up on the behind-the-scenes action as the Western Force players bounce back from a bruising round one and head to Brisbane.

Western Force getting better, says coach Michael Foley

Acting Force captain Sam Wykes is looking ahead after the club's big win.

The more frequently they win, the less inclined Western Force are to linger on their steadily increasing tally of Super Rugby victories.

Waratahs stunned by resurgent Force

Going nowhere fast: Jacques Potgieter of the Waratahs is crunched by the Force defence.

Georgina Robinson   The Waratahs' title defence fizzed, smoked and spluttered to a frustrating false start on Sunday.

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Nathan Charles: on the excitement of the Western Force starting a new season

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Nathan Charles   It's difficult to sum up the feelings of this week. Excited. Nervous. Impatient.

Meet the Western Force's new recruit Akihito Yamada

New Western Force import Akihito Yamada in action for Japan.

James Mooney   The Western Force have added Japanese International Akihito Yamada to their stocks heading into the 2015 Super Rugby Season.

Rebels lose hooker Shota Horie for the season

Injured: Shota Horie will stay in Japan.

Melissa Woods   The Melbourne Rebels have signed former Western Force player Ben Whittaker after losing Japan Test hooker Shota Horie, who requires surgery on a neck injury.

Pocock returns from injury in trial

David Pocock came through 60 minutes in his return from injury.

Chris Pike   David Pocock scored a try and emerged unscathed in his return from injury on Friday.

Honey Badger Nick Cummins back with the Western Force

The Honey Badger - aka Nick Cummins - is returning to the Western Force.

Brad Elborough   The Western Force's bid to play in Super Rugby finals for the first time has been given a massive Christmas boost with the announcement of the return of Nick Cummins to the club.

Honey Badger still dreams of Wallabies return

On the burst: Nick Cummins breaks clear to lead the Barbarians fightback.

Chris Dutton   Former Wallabies winger Nick Cummins hopes his eye-catching performance for the Barbarians helps revive his World Cup hopes.

Hodgson ready for biggest challenge of career

Baa Baas and babies: New Wallabies captain Matt Hodgson training in London.

Chris Dutton   Becoming a father has coincided with the best form of Matt Hodgson's career and the new Wallabies captain will likely cut his spring tour short if his wife goes into labour this month.

Nathan Charles won't let Wallabies down against All Blacks, says Michael Foley

"I think the idea of chucking a gold jersey on, it's probably seen as a bit of a suit of armour": Charles.

Georgina Robinson   World Cup-winning former Wallabies hooker Michael Foley has backed rookie Nathan Charles to rise to the challenge of packing down against the All Blacks in the first Bledisloe Cup Test next weekend. 

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Matt Hodgson wins Western Force top rugby award

Western Force's Matt Hodgson capped off a great season with the win.

Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson capped off an outstanding Super Rugby season by winning the franchise's Nathan Sharpe Medal.