Western Force lock in trial games against Fijian Drua and Queensland Reds ahead of Super Rugby Pacific season

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Nick TaylorThe West Australian
Western Force will play Fijian Drua and Queensland Reds in practice matches ahead of the Super Rugby Pacific season.
Camera IconWestern Force will play Fijian Drua and Queensland Reds in practice matches ahead of the Super Rugby Pacific season. Credit: Gary Day/Gary Day

Western Force have locked in two pre-season trials with Fijian Drua and Queensland Reds ahead of the Super Rugby Pacific season.

It will be the first time the Force have met the Fijian side since their 38-15 win in the 2019 National Rugby Championship, the title the Force went on to win.

The game will be played at Ballina Rugby Union Club in New South Wales on Sunday, January 30.

The squad then travel to Queensland to take on the Reds at Ballymore on Saturday, February 5 after WA border restrictions prevented the match being played in Geraldton.

The last time the sides met in April year the Force qualified for their first Super Rugby finals series with an upset 30-27 win over the Queenslanders at HBF Park.

Force rugby manager Matt Hodgson was delighted to lock in the fixtures with the season kick-off closing in.

“This is the perfect opportunity to see the squad’s hard work put into action against quality opponents,” Hodgson said.

“While we wish we could have been playing in front of our members and fans here in WA we’d like to thank the Reds for their cooperation throughout the process to secure a game in Brisbane.

“It’s an exciting time in Super Rugby and to be playing the Fijian Drua ahead of their inaugural campaign is a great occasion for the group.”

Reds general manager of rugby Sam Cordingley said: “We’ve been working closely with the Force on our pre-season fixture.

“It’s unfortunate due border restrictions that we aren’t able to travel to Western Australia, but we’re pleased to have found a solution for both teams.”

The Force kick-off their season on Saturday February 19 against the Brumbies at HBF Park.

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