Rasolea sticks with Force after pledge from parents
Junior Rasolea of the Force tackled by Cadeyrn Neville and Scott Higginbotham of the Rebels. Picture: Getty Images

Western Force have Junior Rasolea's parents to thank for keeping him at the Super Rugby club for a further two years.

The powerful back is close to his family in Brisbane but they promised to make regular visits if he stayed in Perth.

"From a rugby view, the decision to stay with the Force was very straightforward," Rasolea said.

"I'm very close to my family in Brisbane but mum and dad both encouraged me to stay some- where where I'm really enjoying my rugby. They've promised to keep visiting."

Rasolea, 23, is the latest in a string of re-signings, including Wallabies hooker Nathan Charles, full-back Dane Haylett-Petty and flanker Chris Alcock. Prop Pek Cowan and fly-half Sias Ebersohn are close to recommitting.

Rasolea, who joined the Force from the Australian sevens program two years ago, cemented his spot in the starting squad this year before his season was interrupted by a broken wrist in game seven against Queensland.

He has made 21 Super Rugby appearances.

"I feel like I'm really starting to find my feet," he said. "It doesn't matter whether I've played on the wing, outside (centre) or inside (centre), I've grown in knowledge and understanding of the game.

"Breaking my wrist was frustrating but these things are often beyond our control. I was able to spend time working on other areas of my game and fitness."

Coach Michael Foley said Rasolea was developing into a key attacking back-line weapon.

The West Australian

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