Rugby Union


Western Force sign former Brumbies back

The Western Force have signed Australian Sevens and former Brumbies outside back Ed Stubbs for the next two Super Rugby seasons.

Stubbs, 23, is one of six new faces in the Force backline, joining the likes of former All Blacks' scrumhalf Alby Mathewson, South African flyhalf Sias Ebersohn, ex-Wallaby utility back Sam Norton-Knight, Australian Sevens outside back Solomoni Rasolea and rugby league convert Chris Tuatara-Morrison.

The Force still have one position to fill within their senior playing roster, and are considering whether to utilise one of their foreign developing player contracts or turn to a local product.

Five-eighth David Harvey and fellow backs Jordan Rapana and Rory Sidey were contracted for the 2013 campaign, but were released by new Force coach Michael Foley.

Foley said the new additions for 2013 would complement existing players within the squad.

"While the Force has developed a strong forward pack, we identified the backline as an area for improvement," Foley said.


"Last year we didn't do enough with the possession we'd secured and the focus for the future will be to develop that as a strength for the team.

"This is a back division with potential and they'll benefit significantly from working under the tutelage of Steve Meehan.

"While players like Nick Cummins, Alfie Mafi and Brett Sheehan will remain, we've injected some outstanding up-and-coming talent."

Stubbs joins the Force after spending three years as a regular with the Australian Sevens side and three appearances for the Brumbies during the 2010 Super Rugby season.

The Force only narrowly avoided the wooden spoon last season, and have since revamped their coaching structure in a bid to guide the Perth-based franchise to some overdue success.