DHP backs Forrest's fresh competition

by Sam Phillips

Dane Haylett-Petty believes Andrew Forrest's Indo-Pacific competition is exactly what Australian rugby needs.

Haylett-Petty is a poster boy for Perth rugby, having been raised in the country's west before starring for the Force and later, the Wallabies.

Now, with the future of the Force guaranteed, Haylett-Petty is backing Forrest's concept to the hills.

"I think it's hugely exciting and I think it's exactly what Australian rugby needs," he said.

"It's been a bit of a rollercoaster, the last week - the six months before last week and then last week - with the Force getting cut and then the Test match but now, the Force is back.

"It's great for Western Australia."Haylett-Petty is one of the posters boys of the west. Photo: Getty Images"You saw last week how much love there is for rugby in the state and I suppose for us, as a group, we have done so much here and we are desperate to stay here to see how far it can get.

"It's great for Western Australia but I think as well, it's exactly what Australian rugby needs."

Haylett-Petty threw his support behind the IPRC and said it will form part of his next contract, as he works through where he will play Super Rugby in 2018.

"I've left that up to my manager, as all the boys have, but this is something I really want to be involved in," he said.

"I want it to be part of my next contract.

"I will be playing Super Rugby next year for someone and obviously I want to be involved with the Wallabies but I want to be playing in this.Haylett-Petty takes plenty of pride in pulling on the Wallabies jersey. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"They're working well to make that happen and if they tick that off, that means we can still be involved in this while playing Super Rugby and that's a win-win."

Haylett-Petty also endorsed Forrest's financial backing on a broader scale.

"Twiggy isn't just worried about this comp but grassroots rugby," he said.

"Getting behind rugby in Australia and getting behind NRC as well, which I think is a crucial part of the puzzle.

"All the way to the top, keeping the best players in Australia, as well as bringing the best players back.

"The reason I am here is to play for the Force and to play for the Wallabies - that's why I stayed in Australia.

"This will coincide with Wallaby Test matches, obviously my priority is always to play for Australia but if I'm not involved with the Wallabies any opportunity to pull on the Force jersey, I will jump at."

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