Get down to Mcgillivray Oval this coming Saturdayto catch the Perth Spirits next Game in the Buildcorp NRC domestic Rugby competition
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It was a strong season for the Perth Spirit in the inaugural year of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship with their hard-fought efforts earning them a berth in the grand final against Brisbane City.
The result didn’t go the Spirit’s way with Brisbane City taking out the inaugural title, 37-26, but the success of the Spirit in helping strengthen WA rugby was evident.
Tasked with broadening the base of players in Western Australia, the Perth Spirit exposed 42 players to the competition throughout the tournament, including 19 players exclusively from Perth’s Pindan Premier Grade clubs.
The Spirit provided an important pathway for aspiring players within the local competition, as well as working in with the Western Force program to provide ‘out-of-season’ playing opportunities for those Super Rugby-contracted players.
Amongst the club players that played alongside Western Force stars for the majority of the season, were Alex Rovira and Ammon Matuauto (Associates), Corey Thomas and Richard Hardwick (UWA), Brent Murphy (Perth Bayswater), Joe Savage (Palmyra) and Davis Tavita (Nedlands).
New Perth Spirit head coach Tai McIsaac, is ready and raring to go for the 2015 season.
“We are pretty fortunate in the fact that we have so many players that have Super Rugby experience,” he said. “For those guys it’s a really good opportunity to take on a leadership role and steer the team around the field.”
“The squad is shaping up really nicely, a lot of our club guys have been training for the last few weeks so they’ve got a good understanding of what is expected from our style of play. We get our Super Rugby guys back next week and will get the whole group training together before the NRC kicks off.”
McIsaac stressed that the NRC is a huge opportunity for fringe Force players and club players alike to showcase their talents and push their case for selection at the next level.
“There are a lot of young guys in the squad who aren’t getting a lot of time at Super Rugby level because there are seasoned players and Wallabies ahead of them. For players like Francois Van Wyk and Albert Nikoro, this is their chance to put their best foot forward and push for more time at Super level.”
“It’s a big opportunity for club players such as Riley Winter who represented Australia at the Under 20 World Championships to show their skills on a national stage and maybe work their way into a Super Rugby squad.”
RugbyWA CEO Mark Sinderberry says the Buildcorp NRC provided another stop in the player pathway and extended the rugby season for the passionate WA rugby public.
“We’ve been pleased with the success of the Perth Spirit in providing playing opportunities to a large number of our local club and Western Force players throughout this competition,” he said.
“Australian rugby has been crying out for a third-tier competition for a number of years, and while only in its first season, the competition provided a number of very promising signs moving forward.
“The scenes at our home matches – particularly the packed hill at McGillivray Oval for the first match against Brisbane City – demonstrated that there is a strong appetite for this competition and a great historical connection with the Spirit.”
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