Eagles-Dockers clash means Force switch
Mark Sinderberry. Pic: Lincoln Baker/WA News

Western Force have been forced to switch next month's pre-season trials against Samoa A and Argentina Pampas from Arena Joondalup to their home ground at nib Stadium.

They have been told to move the double-header on Friday, February 14 because the NAB Challenge derby between West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers will be played there four days later.

Football officials, already concerned about the condition of the ground because of the Big Day Out concert being staged this weekend, were worried the Force game could further damage the surface.

The trials will give the Force the first opportunity to play on the renovated surface at their home venue they have tagged “The Force Field” for the new Super season

The Force will still play their first pre-season trial against Samoa A in Rockingham on February 7.

They open the Super season away to the Waratahs on February 23 and play their first home game six days later against the Brumbies on March 1.

“We’re very pleased to be able to stage a regional pre-season match in Rockingham and we know there is fantastic support for rugby in the area," RugbyWA chief executive Mark Sinderberry said.

“We’re also excited about providing our supporters with their chance to see our team in action at their home ground prior to the beginning of the season.

"We’re very proud to have the opportunity to run both pre-season matches in front of our incredible Sea of Blue in Perth.”


Friday, February 7: Western Force v Samoa A, Lark Hill Sportsplex, Rockingham, kick-off: 7.30pm.

Friday, February 14: Western Force A v Samoa A, kick-off 5pm, Western Force v Agentina Pampas, kick-off 7.30pm, nib Stadium.

Tickets through Ticketmaster

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