Folau Fainga’a: Wallabies hooker swaps Brumbies for Western Force

David Skippers

Experienced Wallabies hooker Folau Fainga’a has joined the Western Force after signing a one-year deal with the Perth-based outfit and Rugby Australia.

The 27-year-old joins the Force from the Brumbies where he made his Super Rugby debut in 2018 and he was part of their team which won the 2020 Super Rugby AU title.

A former Australia U20 representative, Fainga’a has become a regular at Test level since his debut in 2018 and has already made 25 appearances for the Wallabies.

He is currently part of Australia head coach Dave Rennie‘s squad for the three-Test series against England which starts in Perth on Saturday and is delighted to be joining the Force.

“I’m super excited to re-sign with Australian Rugby and to join the Western Force from next year,” he said. “They’re a team that from the outside, looks to be heading in a really positive direction and I’m looking forward to working with the coaching staff over there in 2023.

Focused on England series

“Right now though my focus is here with the Wallabies and preparing for what’s going to be a really tough series against England which kicks off this weekend.”

Wallabies head coach Rennie said: “Folau’s re-commitment to Australian Rugby is a positive one. A strong scrummager and excellent thrower, Folau’s been a consistent feature of our team over the last two seasons.

“He’s a popular member of the squad and the most experienced rake in the country which makes him an important part of our group moving forward.”

Western Force general manager of rugby Matt Hodgson said: “Folau is a player who brings a wealth of experience at Super Rugby and Test level with the Wallabies.

“To have secured two Wallabies hookers in our squad is a sign of great progress for the club and signals our ambition for the years to come.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing Folau working alongside Feleti (Kaitu’u) and Jack (Winchester) over the next two seasons.”

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