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Western Force & Earbus Foundation

Boots for a Cause

To celebrate the Western Force’s Indigenous Appreciation match against Kagifa Samoa on May 31, Force players joined students at Guildford Grammar School to hand-paint their boots which will be donated to raise funds for the Earbus Foundation.

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The proceeds of your donations or Boot Bids will directly help Aboriginal children across Western Australia, through the work of Earbus Foundation. Aboriginal children have the worst ears in the world and often ear disease starts from as early as two weeks of age. By stopping kids from hearing it also stops them from learning and growing as they should. Kids who can’t hear, can’t learn! Thanks to you, the students at Guildford Grammar, the Western Force and their fabulous fans for helping us help Aboriginal children all over the state.

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Harrison Loyd

The talented loosehead prop came over from the Canberra Vikings last year and has quickly becoming a fan favourite in the front row. Lloyd has played for the Brumbies Under 20s as well as representing Australian Barbarians in the same year. In 2017 the 24-year-old captained his senior club (Western Districts, Canberra) to a first-grade grand final. Force fans can look forward to seeing some strong ball carries from this young man, as well as plenty of big hits. Lloyd is known for his scrummage skills and pressure in the maul. 

Clay Uyen

Clay Uyen is a dynamic outside back who has shown some blinding line breaks and handy footwork on the field for NRCs Perth Spirit and Australian Under 20s side. Uyen had his Uyen’s first appearance in a Force jersey against Fiji in game one of World Series Rugby and is eager to show the professional rugby world the depth of talent coming out of Perth. Uyen’s composure under the high ball gives the force the potential for dangerous counter-attack play. This hardworking Perth local will be a key player in the Force backline this year.

Rodney Iona

The 27-year-old hard running inside back, Rodney Iona, joined the new-look Western Force to provide power and aggression in the attack for the men in blue. Iona previously played under Head Coach Tim Samson at the Tuggeranong Vikings, who play in the ACTRU Premier Competition while he was a member of the Brumbies Academy. With Super Rugby experience under his belt, Iona comes to the West following a three-year stint in the French Pro D2 with ASBH Beziers. Iona’s hard running and good decision making will add even more depth to an extremely talented Force backline.

Andrew Deegan

Andrew Deegan is a talented young New South Welshman eager to prove himself in the West. The former Australian Schoolboys and Australian U20s representative is a gifted playmaker with the ability to precisely lead a backline and a proven point scoring machine. The 23-year-old was the leading point scorer in Sydney’s Shute Shield competition for 2016 and was a key figure in the NSW Country Eagles team that made the NRC Grand Final in the same year. The former Waratah plied his trade for Irish Pro14 side Connacht in 2017 and brings plenty of experience for such a young player. A hard-working player, Deegan was recognised on a national level through his selection to the play against the Wallabies in the Barbarian squad as a pre-Bledisloe trial in 2018.  

Fergus Lee-Warner

Another Eastern state local Fergus Lee-Warner has come across to WA to start his journey into professional rugby. Lee-Warner previously had a strong showing in both National Rugby Championship playing for the Greater Sydney Rams and in the Shute Shield for Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club. Standing at 194cm and weighing 112kg Warner has proven his athleticism and size around the field on a professional stage. Providing height in the lineout and power in the maul, Lee-Warner emerged as a key player for the Force last year and will definitely be a player to keep an eye on.

Johan Bardoul

New Zealand born Johan Bardoul signed with the Western Force after spending the two seasons with Japanese team Yamaha Júbilo. The openside flanker was called to the Chiefs’ wider training squad towards the end of the 2013 Season as an injury cover. In 2015, he received a full-time contract and made 11 appearances for the Chiefs in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Bardoul is known for being a hard worker who is very competitive in the breakdown and contact areas. Standing at 192cm and tipping the scales at 112kg Bardoul casts an imposing figure and will look to dominate his opposition physically.