Coleman sees future in Force

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by Beth Newman

Wallabies lock Adam Coleman is confident the Western Force has a future in Super Rugby, despite reports that an Australian side could be on the chopping block in years to come.

SANZAAR is currently completing a review into the Super Rugby structure and a number of competition formats are reportedly being looked at, including reducing the number of Australian teams.

The Western Force entered an alliance agreement with the ARU this season, to get out of financial troubles and have struggled for on-field success, with just two wins in 2016.

Coleman is one of two Western Force players who have debuted for the Wallabies this season, along with Dane Haylett-Petty and both have quickly entrenched themselves in the team, while winger Luke Morahan also made his Test return in June.

Adam Coleman says the Force has a future. Photo: Getty ImagesWhen asked if he thought there was a danger of the Force being shut down, Coleman was blunt.

“Not at all,” he said.

“There’s a massive future for WA Rugby.”

The 24-year-old said it was reflective of the pathways at the club that he was able to find the success he has so far at Test level, shouldering the lineout calling responsibilities in just his second Test.

With Dave Wessels stepping up to the coaching plate in 2017, Coleman said he was optimistic about his club’s progress.

“I think the Western Force is a great club, it’s very exciting to have Dave Wessels as the new coach and it’s going to be an exciting season next year, the boys building in preseason under Dave and some other new coaches supporting him.”

 Coleman’s transition into Test rugby has been seamless, his abrasive approach winning him supporters, and he said it was down to a ‘no fear’ mindset.

“I think one of my things is never fearing failure so I try not to doubt myself as much as possible,” he said.

“ As soon as I put that jersey on, I don’t want to doubt myself and I really try and play my own game and do my role for the team.”

That strategy appears to be working well for Coleman, who has become somewhat of a constant in the revolving door of Wallabies second rowers this season.

Adam Coleman has been taking the lead in the lineouts. Photo: ARU Media/Stu WalmsleyHaving faced off against some of the best lock pairings in the world, Coleman wants to continue to build on his promising Test start.

“I’ve really been enjoying it,” he said.

“It’s something I’ve always liked doing is testing myself against the best and let the cards fall how they may and I’m really enjoying it.”

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika heaped praise on Coleman after the Argentina win.

“For a young guy coming in, he’s hit three big Test matches in a row, taking the responsibility of calling,” he said.

“He made good hits, very physical and I’ve really enjoyed his play so far and the more he’ll get under his belt, the more he’ll be able to get through.”

The Wallabies have a week off, travelling to South Africa next week ahead of an October 1 Test against the Springboks.