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 bodyRugbyWA
State teamWestern Force
First played1860s
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.

The Western Australia Rugby Union (RugbyWA) is the governing body of rugby union in Western Australia, founded in 1893. The top club competition is the Premier Grade

Western Australia is the home of the Western Force, a franchise in the Super Rugby competition since 2006. Their home ground is NIB Stadium, which has a capacity of 20,500 spectators. The development team is the Perth Spirit, which has competed in the Australian Rugby Championship in 2007 and the National Rugby Championship since 2014.


Regular sport did not begin to be played in Western Australia until the late 1860s and early 1870s.[1]

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  • Bloomfield, John (2003). Australia's Sporting Success: The Inside Story. UNSW Press. ISBN 978-0-86840-582-7.

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