Force have their own Trump in Twiggy: Rona

The Rugby Championship
by Sam Phillips

In Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest, the Force have their very own Donald Trump.

That's the view of Curtis Rona, who is one of several Force players eagerly awaiting the arbitration decision, which is due in the next few days.

"He's behind us 100 percent and to have someone like that is pretty much like having Donald Trump in your corner," Rona said.

"He is a powerhouse person and has reassured within himself that he will do everything within his power to keep the Force alive.

"As players we thank people like that, that put their hand up and that are trying to help other people that are in need."

Forrest has essentially doubled the impact of the Own the Force campaign by offering interest free loans to those that are looking to invest in the campaign, with the repayment going directly to RugbyWA.

Curtis Rona is optimistic of the Force's prospects. Photo: Getty Images

That is of huge importance to players like Rona, who has committed to the Force for 2018.

If the arbitration decision goes the way of the ARU and the Forced do cease to exist, he will reassess whether a return to rugby league or a move overseas may be best.

"Obviously it has to be addressed sooner rather than later and hopefully it is done within the next few days," he said.

"I'm signed with the Force next year and that is where I want to be.

"But if the team goes, I have to reassess and think about the best opportunity for me and my family.

"We moved to Perth for family reasons and took up the Western Force offer, now we are in a different predicament I have to address that with my manager and my family and see what the best outcome is for us.

"If we find out within the next few days that we're in, it's great but if not, we will try again and see where that takes us."

Rona said the chances of him staying with another Australian franchise, should the Force be cut, have been raised with his inclusion in the Wallabies squad for the first two Bledisloe's.

"It's a big influence, I didn't expect to be in the squad so soon," he said.

"I knew it would take some time to prove myself at this level so I was pretty surprised when I got the call and that does change a lot of things and the situation as to whether I go back to rugby league, stay at the Force or go to another franchise if we do go."

The Force are a tight group both on and off the field and as the saga reaches its crescendo, Rona said the squad is staying positive.

"There is a new article everyday but we are a tight group at the Force," he said.

"A lot of people have seen that on field as well - we are playing for each other.

"We know it could be our last week but we are binding together and trying to stay strong no matter what the outcome is.

"Our main focus is being present with the Wallabies and focusing on the Bledisloe, that's what we are here to do, beat the All Blacks."

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