Western Force sell out opening World Rugby Series match at Nib Stadium

Western Force chairman Andrew Forrest.
Western Force chairman Andrew Forrest.

THE Western Force has sold out Nib Stadium for tonight’s opening match of the inaugural World Rugby Series in Perth.

The new tournament, introduced by Western Force chairman and backer Andrew Forrest, will see a range of rugby union teams from the region compete.

The tournament comes less than a year after the Force was kicked out of the Super Rugby competition.

Tonight’s match against the Fiji Warriors sold out yesterday, however several thousand tickets were given away to junior rugby players across the State.

The Western Force will face off against a range of Australian and international teams over the coming months, including the Melbourne Rebels, the Crusaders, Tonga, Samoa and Hong Kong.

The matches will also be televised, with tonight’s match screened live on 7Two in WA at 6.30pm, and across the country on Fox Sports at the same time.

Sydney and Brisbane viewers can watch the game on delay on 7Mate, and an encore performance will be screened on 7Two across the country at 1pm local time.

VenuesWest chief executive David Etherton said he was delighted to see the Western Force return.

“Losing Western Force was a devastating blow to all levels of rugby union in Western Australia,” he said.

“To see them return to Nib Stadium and with such strong support from the people of Perth is very promising for the future of rugby.

“Some exciting rule changes are expected to see a more expansive brand of rugby giving local fans even more to cheer about.

“I encourage all sports fans to support their new Western Force team and get along to Nib Stadium for what will be some outstanding rugby matches.”

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