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World Cup key target for Fainga'a as he opens up on Force shift

Tue, 28/06/2022, 5:59 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Tate McDermott opens the defence for Fainga'a to bag the opening try of the second half

Wallabies hooker Folau Fainga'a is looking to cement his spot ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup after re-committing to Australian Rugby.

He penned a one-year extension on Tuesday, however, makes the move west to the Force.

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This comes after the WA-based club recruited former Brumbies Reesjan Pasitoa, Bayley Kuenzle, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa and Reece Tapine.

With a logjam of hookers at the Brumbies, Fainga'a believes the decision was a simple one as he looks to compete with Force captain Feleti Kaitu'u.

“(2023 World Cup) is the goal but I’m quite excited to head over to WA and add to what they’ve got over there,” Fainga’a said.

“You have four world-class hookers at Brumbies, you have young Billy Pollard coming up soon and I guess it was time for someone to move on.

“I still wanted to stay in Australia and Perth was on top of the list.

“It’ll be nice to swap out the cold (of Canberra) for the nice sunny mornings on the beaches but I’m looking to add my experience and knowledge to the game and looking to work with the young academy guys coming through.”

Fainga'a is one of 15 Brumbies in the Wallabies squad, with his former teammates already lining him up for next year.

“I can’t wait to play him,” sniped prop James Slipper.

“You’ve got Rob Valetini already chirping, Pete Samu as well as the old bull here to look after,” Fainga'a responded. “It’ll be quite the match-up next year when it comes.”

For now, the focus remains on the English and shutting down their dominant forward pack.

“It’s going to be huge,” he added.

“We’re going to come up against world class packs and I’m sure both packs are preparing well for what’s going to be a blockbuster of a series.”

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