Matt Hodgson

Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson set for Super ton

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.

Rugby

Western Force set to shut the door on James O'Connor and Reds now his only hope

Georgina Robinson dinkus

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.

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Rebels v Force

AAMI Park, Melbourne, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)

Rugby

Waratahs unsure of Israel Folau's inclusion after ARU intervention

Waratahs forward Michael Hooper looks perplexed after a Force try in Perth on Saturday night.

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.

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Rugby

Well-oiled Waratahs face more gruelling battles

Dave Dennis sits in the sin bin in Durban last month.

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.

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Force v Waratahs

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nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)

Western Force v Waratahs

Dave Dennis sits in the sin bin in Durban last month.

Live scores and stats as the Western Force host the NSW Waratahs.

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Super Rugby

Looking back on my first 50 with the Western Force

Nathan Charles

Nathan Charles Having rested during the bye week, we return to the field on Saturday to take on the Queensland Reds in Brisbane.

Reds v Force

Reds centre Mike Harris.

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Saturday 7.40pm (AEDT)

Injury blows won't stop us: Force

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.

Force v Chiefs

nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 10pm (AEDT)

Rugby

Western Force beat Chiefs in major upset

Tim Nanai-Williams of the Chiefs is dumped on the turf.

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...

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Union

Captain courageous inspires Force

Matt Hodgson

When Western Force players need a dose of inspiration during a game, they just take a quick look at skipper Matt Hodgson.

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Melbourne Rebels ready to face Western Force and conquer

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06:  Cadeyrn Neville moves the ball from a line out during a Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby training session at Visy Park on March 6, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Scott Higginbotham Having the extra week to get ready for the Cheetahs clash could have gone either way.

Rugby

Melbourne Rebels thrashed as Western Force run riot

Jayden Hayward of the Force runs with the ball during the round four Super Rugby match between the Western Force and the Melbourne Rebels

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.

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Union

Colby Faingaa has no time to be thinking 'what if ...?'

SPORT: Brumbies player Colby Faingaa in action at the Brumbies Captain run, Canberra Stadium, Bruce.  6th June 2013.Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times..

Melissa Woods Colby Faingaa has no regrets about his switch to the Rebels despite David Pocock's injury opening up a Brumbies spot.

Highlanders v Force

Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin. Saturday 5.35pm (AEDT)

Western Force chasing the perfect game

Nathan Charles

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.

The men who put the super into rugby

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07:  Kurtley Beale of the Waratahs runs the ball during the Super Rugby trial match between the Waratahs and the Blues at Allianz Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

All you need to know about the five teams in the Australian Super Rugby conference.

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Rugby

Nick Phipps tips Kurtley Beale to shine in centres

Beale

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...