SWAN Suburbs Rugby Union Club welcomed Western Force players Kyle Godwin and Ben Tapuai to Stratton last week.
Godwin is a local product from schools and club rugby, playing for the Australia Under-20s and Western Force.
Tapuai played for the Queensland Reds, before moving to the Force, and has also played for the Wallabies.
The Farrall Oval-based club is enjoying a bumper year, with the men playing A-grade in the Championship competition and looking likely to play finals.
This year for the first time the club boasts a women’s team, and are one of only three clubs to provide a team in the new girls Under-14s sevens competition.
There are not enough players for a club Under-17s sevens sides, so those girls play and train in a development group in Leederville on Saturday mornings.
The Force players worked mainly on rugby skills and tactics with the Under-14s sevens girls.
Perhaps even more importantly, they provided inspiration and encouragement to the girls who aspire to follow in the footprints of WA’s 17-year-old Shanice Parker.
Parker already has a contract with the Australian Rugby Union, a junior Commonwealth Games gold medal and international appearances.
Women’s rugby is the fastest growing sport in the world and with nine teams in the WA competition, Perth has one of the largest player bases in Australia.
Club president Jodie French said the helping hand from the Force players was much appreciated.
“We’d like to thank the Force for their support,” she said.
“And Kyle and Ben for their time and energy tonight.
“It’s a real boost for all our players, parents and supporters.”
Anyone thinking of playing should contact Jodie at firstname.lastname@example.org or come down to training on Tuesdays and Thursdays.