There was a time when Western Force captain Matt Hodgson thought he would never get the chance to play a single game of Super Rugby.
Georgina Robinson James O'Connor's move home to Australia is shrouded in uncertainty with the door to his old club the Western Force poised to swing shut in his face.
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)
Georgina Robinson The Waratahs' preparations are in limbo for their crucial home clash with the Bulls this weekend because coach Michael Cheika says he has "no idea" if Israel Folau will be available.
Georgina Robinson After weathering two weeks in South Africa, the Waratahs must steel themselves for two more brutal encounters, despite being back on Australian soil.
nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)
Live scores and stats as the Western Force host the NSW Waratahs.
Nathan Charles Having rested during the bye week, we return to the field on Saturday to take on the Queensland Reds in Brisbane.
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Saturday 7.40pm (AEDT)
Justin Chadwick The Western Force are confident they have enough depth in the back row to overcome the loss of key players Hugh McMeniman and Chris Alcock.
nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 10pm (AEDT)
The Western Force can dare to dream of landing a maiden finals berth in Super Rugby after a brace of tries from skipper Matt Hodgson lifted them to a 18-15 victory over the Chiefs in Saturday night's...
When Western Force players need a dose of inspiration during a game, they just take a quick look at skipper Matt Hodgson.
Scott Higginbotham Having the extra week to get ready for the Cheetahs clash could have gone either way.
The Melbourne Rebels were brought crashing back to earth in brutal fashion on Saturday night with a shock 32-7 Super Rugby loss to the Western Force in Perth.
Melissa Woods Colby Faingaa has no regrets about his switch to the Rebels despite David Pocock's injury opening up a Brumbies spot.
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin. Saturday 5.35pm (AEDT)
Nathan Charles If there is any lesson in sport these days, it's the importance of starting well. Fortunately, this was something we managed to do last weekend against the Melbourne Rebels.
All you need to know about the five teams in the Australian Super Rugby conference.
Georgina Robinson Kurtley Beale's long-running halves partner Nick Phipps has backed the Test playmaker to be successful in his move to inside-centre in the Waratahs opening Super Rugby game against the Force this...