Coleman committed to World Cup campaign

International
by Sam Phillips

Adam Coleman intends to stick with Australian rugby until the 2019 World Cup, even if his beloved Force fold.

Coleman told RUGBY.com.au he will stay with another Australian Super Rugby club should the Force be removed from Super Rugby in 2018.

He wouldn't be drawn on where his new home might be but it's understood the Rebels and Waratahs are front runners, should his services become available in the near future.

The star lock is one of the first picked every time Michael Cheika sits down to select his starting XV and deservedly so, given his stellar form in the last two years.

So to hear him commit to the World Cup campaign, as a 25-year-old that will no doubt be an integral part of that run, is a breath of fresh air after a tumultuous few days for Australian rugby fans.Coleman has been among Australia's most consistent players all season. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"I've set a goal for the World Cup and that's something I want to do," he said.

"It's a personal goal and I don't see myself leaving Australia."

Coleman hasn't let a calf injury early in the Super Rugby season hold him back, hitting the ground running upon returning to the Force before putting together a pair of dominant starts against Fiji and Scotland.

It's the relentless aggression and maniacal desire to win every contest that separates Coleman from the other locks in Australian rugby but the enforcer role is something that comes naturally.

"I've really had a big focus on enjoying my rugby and I think it's showing," Coleman said.Coleman may start alongside Rory Arnold on Saturday. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"That role just comes naturally.

"I like being physical, I like tackling, I like running the ball, it just comes naturally, to be honest.

"I honestly don't think about it too much - it's just part of the game that I have and I haven't really worked on it too much, I suppose.

"I don't really think about it too much - in terms of being an enforcer - it just kind of comes naturally and it's a part of my game."

Coleman also shared his thoughts on the Super Rugby saga that has consumed the Force and Rebels in 2017.Coleman has led the Force pack in 2017. Photo: Getty Images"It's been a tough year for the Force.

"No one knows whether they have a future and it's been a tough year for the families too.

"A lot of my mates are going through tough times at the moment.

"It was a really good feeling coming back into camp and after this game, I'm looking forward to going back and finishing the season with the Force."

He also backed the depth in Australian rugby, pointing to the number of players that have taken their talent overseas.Coleman fronted up against the Scots. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"I think there's a lot of depth in Australia - I don't think depth is the problem," he said.

"There are a lot of players that are from Australia playing overseas and if they were here, the depth wouldn't be as bad.

"I think Australia can still be successful within the five team model.

"But if it does go to four I still think we can be successful - if a team does get removed - as long as we don't lose that grass root talent from that state and a strategy is put in place to ensure we don't lose that talent.

"It would be a real shame if you lose the talent pool from an entire state."

The Wallabies take on Italy on Saturday afternoon at Suncorp Stadium, kicking off at 3pm AEST, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and on RADIO at RUGBY.com.au.

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