The Western Force Super Rugby squad is looking forward to their 10th season of Asteron Life Super Rugby, with the club looking to secure their first ever playoff berth after a narrow miss last season.
A player with a key involvement in this squad will be inside/outside centre and general utility back Junior Rasolea.
Rasolea went down with a wrist injury during the 2014 season against the Queensland Reds, and came back after missing seven matches.
“It was character building to come back from one of those injuries,” he said.
“It was an injury that put me out of Super Rugby for quite a few games so it was character building, I found out a few things about myself off that, and picked up in the NRC towards the end of the year.
“I got myself back into it playing the blue’s game, I played a full game and then found my feet.”
Rasolea hopes his third season for the Force will be a big one, saying he has managed to find his feet and establish himself over the first two years.
“The first year of Super Rugby I was trying to find my feet here and there, coming off the bench, I had a few games where I started, had the second year where I started out with some good form, got injured and then came back,” he said.
“I’ve gathered what I want to be as a player on the field and off the field to the team and the group of boys so I’m kind of just establishing that and putting my foot down this third year.”
One of the key elements to help assist Rasolea for the coming season will be his dynamic midfield chemistry with Force star and Wallaby centre Kyle Godwin.
“This combination with me and Kyle at the moment we can take a bit of both, he will play 13 and I’ll play 12 just depending on the type of play,” he said.
“Kyle was a 10 before he came to 12, and in the 12 position you have that organisation in the backline where you want direction for the backs, so Kyle has an advantage in there.
“He is very hard driven, whatever he says I’ll do it, and whatever I says he will do it, it’s kind of like a love hate relationship with me and Kyle.”
The pair will complete a deep backline, backed up by strong signings in Mitchell Scott (NZ), Albert Nikoro (NZ) and Akihito Namada (Japan). This is also accompanied by the return of Wallaby winger Nick Cummins from a stint in Japan.
Check out the Force before the season begins in Perth, with two pre season matches at McGillivray Oval. Details below.
2015 Western Force Pre-Season Fixtures
1. Friday, 23 January: Western Force v Brumbies – McGillivray Oval, Mt Claremont, Perth. Kick-off: 5pm
2. Saturday, 31 January: Western Force v Asia Pacific Dragons – McGillivray Oval, Mt Claremont, Perth. Kick-off: 5pm - See more at: http://www.westernforce.com.au/article/force-brings-pre-season-fixtures-perth#sthash.Ldsp1rRa.dpuf