Rugby union in Western Australia
|Rugby union in Western Australia|
|State team||Western Force|
Rugby union in Western Australia describes the sport of rugby union being played and watched in the state of Western Australia. The code was first introduced some time in the 19th century. The game tends to be centred on Perth, and Fremantle. Due to the scattered nature of WA's population it is not so common outside the metropolitan area. The isolation of WA has also made it difficult for the sport to maintain a relationship with rugby elsewhere in Australia.
Western Australia is the home of the Western Force, a franchise in the Super Rugby rugby union competition (formerly the Super 14 before the addition of the Melbourne Rebels for the 2011/12 season). Their home ground is NIB Stadium.
Regular sport did not begin to be played in Western Australia until the late 1860s and early 1870s.
- Bob Thompson first player selected to play for the Wallabies from a WA Club
- John Welborn (retired, first Western Australian born to represent the Wallabies) - NSW Waratahs, Natal Sharks, Leicester Tigers, CA Brive, Western Force, Australia
- Brett Sheehan - NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds, Australia
- Adam Wallace-Harrison - ACT Brumbies, Australia A
- Kieran Longbottom - Western Force
- Dane Haylett-Petty - Western Force, Australia under-19
- Scott Higginbotham - Queensland Reds
- David Collis - Queensland Reds
- Darren Murphy - Queensland A
- Will Brock - Perth Spirit, Australia sevens
- Daniel Montagu - Nottingham R.F.C., Leicester Tigers
- Ryan Tyrrell - Perth Spirit
- Dan Bailey - Perth Spirit
- Salesi Ma'afu - Western Force, Joondalup Brothers RUFC
- Bloomfield 2003, p. 15.