Force

Perth, Australia

One of two teams admitted into the expanded Super 14 in 2006, the Force have been consistently competitive without yet breaking through to challenge for the title.

Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell landed the tough job of helping the Force live up to their name when they entered the competition and, after a tough debut season that produced just one win, he quickly turned the club into an outfit that won as many games it lost. Big name players such as Matt Giteau, James O’Connor and Nathan Sharpe opted to play their footy out west, with Giteau third on the club’s all-time points-scoring list (293) just behind O’Connor (310) and Cameron Shepherd (370).

After a tough 2016 when they posted just two victories, the Force will be looking to use the Brisbane Global Tens as a springboard to a better 2017.

The Force do have some pedigree in the 10s game, having defeated the Brumbies in the final of the Mauritius Invitational 10s in 2016.