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Force bolster pack with Williams signing

Mon, 20/06/2022, 11:57 pm
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
The Force were looking to keep their finals hopes alive against the visiting Hurricanes.

The Western Force have continued to build for the future, signing Waratahs lock Jeremy Williams on a two year deal.

The 21-year-old makes the move west after debuting for his home state in 2021 against the Reds, playing 12 games across Super Rugby AU and Trans-Tasman.

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He struggled for consistent game time in 2022, featuring just five times, embracing the chance to step outside his comfort zone and link up with incoming coach Simon Cron.

“I think this is going to be a really good move. I’ve been in Sydney all my life so it’s going to be a new experience to meet all the boys and get stuck in. I’m really looking forward to it,” Williams said in a statement.

“I saw a good opportunity here to develop my game and take it to the next level. The Force is a good place to do that, and it is a good time for me to get out of my comfort zone and take on a new challenge.

“To play for the Wallabies is the goal for most people playing Super Rugby, but at the moment I am focused on getting better as a person and a player and developing my game

“I’m also looking forward to working with (Simon) Cron again. I’ve had a bit of experience with him before and I think working with him will be awesome.”

Williams' signing comes at the perfect time for the club, with the retiring Jeremy Thrush leaving at the end of the season, joining former Rebels captain Michael Wells.

“Jeremy is a talented young player who is hungry for the opportunity to play more consistently at the Super Rugby level, which makes him a very exciting signing for us. We know he is a hard worker which is a trait we are always looking for,” GM of Rugby Matt Hodgson added.

“His ability to swing between the second row and the back row makes him a versatile addition to the team.

“It will be great to see him pair up with the likes of Izack Rodda and Kane Koteka and see how he develops and learns from them.”

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