Frisby, Cowan to join Force for Super Rugby AU

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by Beth Newman

The Force are adding two more new faces to their Super Rugby AU squad with Nick Frisby and Pek Cowan joining the squad.

Frisby, who made his Wallabies debut in 2016 against England, has been playing in France and Scotland in recent years.

The halfback was released by Glasgow earlier this year and has since returned to Australia.

Cowan has played most of his professional career with the Force but most recently, the prop has been playing in Japan with the Shimizu Blue Sharks.

The Blues Sharks have released Cowan for the Super Rugby AU competition with Japanese leagues still on hold amid the pandemic.

Force head of rugby Matt Hodgson said Frisby's experience would be a handy boost for the WA outfit.

“Nick is a very talented player who moved overseas for more opportunities in the last few years,” Hodgson said.

“He is an intelligent scrum-half with an exceptional running game that will be vital for the upcoming games.  He has matured his skills playing at a number of different clubs overseas and we are excited to bring this level of player back to Australia.”

Hodgson played alongside Cowan for the Force during his career and said he was excited to see him back in blue.

“I have played with Pek for most of my career, he is a top bloke and a true Force player at heart. As soon as he saw there was an opportunity to play with the team, even for a short while, we both knew he had to be included,” Hodgson said.

“We’re very grateful that the Shimizu Blue Sharks have released Pek for the Super Rugby AU competition, we are all very excited to see his return in the Force jersey.

“It will be massive to see Pek play rugby in Australia again and to see him play in front of the Sea of Blue.

“After what happened in 2017, he left Australian rugby because he couldn’t see himself playing for another Australian team and relocated to Japan. So his return means a great deal to him and the club.”

The pair follow the addition of Jono Lance, Ollie Atkins, Greg Holmes, Kyle Godwin, Jordan Luke and Kane Koteka to the Force squad in recent weeks.

Cowan will have to go into two weeks of quarantine after travelling from Japan while Frisby will link up with the Force when they enter their NSW hub ahead of round two.

The Force take on the Waratahs at the SCG on Saturday July 11, kicking off at 7:15pm AEST, LIVE on Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. Buy a Kayo subscription here.