WA has hope in IPR: Godwin

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

As a proud Perth product, Kyle Godwin has high hopes for what the IPR could do for Western Australian rugby.

The removal of the Force from Australia's Super Rugby contingent has left the state's juniors without a professional team to aspire to and as a player that got his big break in the west, Godwin hopes Andrew Forrest's new competition will provide that path to the pros.

"It's disappointing that we lost the Western Force and for me personally, it was the opportunity that gave me my Super Rugby dream," Godwin said.

"I feel for the boys but I am sure they will get through and be better for it.

"It's going to be a challenge for those young kids that grow up in Western Australia that are aspiring to be a professional rugby player.As a proud Perth boy, Godwin feels for the Force. Photo: Getty Images"Twiggy Forrest might be the great opportunity for that and to open the door for them.

"I think he might bring a nice, entertaining spin to it so who knows what's going to happen in the future."

The Brumbies have picked up a handful of former Force players and Godwin said they were slotting in well, as the team prepares to defend their Australian Conference crown.

"They're going to bring stuff they learned at the Force," he said.

"I was lucky enough to be there as well so I know what the culture is like.

"They will fit in very well and the boys are already fitting extremely well into the club and I'm sure they will have an impact for us."Christian Lealiifano returns to the Brumbies fold in 2018. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Brumbies were relatively short on experienced heads in 2017, with the return of David Pocock and a full season from Christian Lealiifano set to add 216 Super Rugby caps back into the fold.

"It's a really good balance this year between young guys and older players," Godwin said.

"It'll be great when guys like Christian and David Pocock come back and we get that really great balance." 

The return of Lealiifano will provide some selection headaches for new coach Dan McKellar, who will have Lealiifano, Godwin, Wharenui Hawera, James Dargaville and Jordan Jackson-Hope all capable of playing either flyhalf, inside centre or both.

"It's tight and I think that is emphasised in every position.

"There is competition everywhere and that is only going to make the squad stronger.

"I think it's going to be healthy for us and really drive us to succeed and win some games."