Lance brings successful history to Force

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by Beth Newman

Jono Lance might be a new Western Force face but he has already been a winner in Perth.

Lance lived in Perth in his early primary school days, before moving to England, and claimed a title with his local nippers.

"I was a bit young then but I've got a few memories, I was the U10 flags champion at City Beach," he said.

"My name might still be on the wall down there."

Lance is hoping his stint at the Force will give him a chance to stamp himself as a flyhalf, after serving behind national playmakers at the Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs.

"I've technically had the Wallaby 10 playing ahead of me," he said.

"I've played other positions and I've learned a lot from other guys who've been ahead of me, but I'm ready to play more game time and make a position my own."

Lance has found opportunities playing at fullback at his previous clubs but he is hoping to shake the 'utility' tag at the Force.

"I always saw it as the perfect way to get into a team or get into a squad if you're that utility position, you can play many positions if you do it well," he said.

"You see Adam Ashley-Cooper he covers many positions and he's made a career out of it but he's also had that one position he's played for the Wallabies

"I'm 25 and I want to put my foot down in one position and I feel that position's 10."

Lance will have to compete with former Springbok Peter Grant for the playmaker spot this season but said he took plenty of confidence from a strong NRC showing for NSW Country Eagles.

The back was named NRC Player of the Year after his standout season.

"Probably at the back end of the Super Rugby season, I had a bit of doubt in my mind about whether I could play anymore just purely from not testing yourself against the best opposition," he said.

"There's only so much training you can do until you lose a bit of confidence.

"The NRC was perfect, you play against teams with a stack of Super Rugby experience.

"With a team of club guys it was all about just doing your best.

"It was a good 10 weeks and the team was going well so I took a lot of confidence from the NRC."