Rugby union in Western Australia

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Rugby union in Western Australia
Western Force versus ACT Brumbies 2006.jpg
Western Force play the Brumbies at Subiaco in 2006.
Governing body RugbyWA
State team Western Force
First played 1860s
Club competitions

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.[1]


Main article: RugbyWA

Notable players[edit]


  1. ^ Bloomfield 2003, p. 15.