Western Force add former TOP14 star to their ranks
The Western Force has added to their strong Australian backline contingent, with flyhalf Jake McIntyre joining the club on a two-year contract from French Top 14 side ASM Clermont Auvergne.
An Australian Schoolboys and Australian U20 representative, McIntyre returns to home soil after spending over three years in Europe, including two seasons as the top scorer for French top flight outfit Agen. The 26-year-old also brings Super Rugby experience to the side having begun his professional career with the Queensland Reds, where he scored over 100 points from 2015-17.
The playmaker, known for his elite skills and decision making, is delighted to make the move back to Australia with the Force.
“For me it was a no-brainer to join the Force. I share the ambition the club has shown, and I want to grow with the club to achieve success,” McIntyre said.
“After talking with players like Brad Lacey, there’s obviously a very strong rugby community in WA, which I can’t wait to contribute to and be a part of. It’s rare you find a place where players only have positive things to say, so I think that speaks volumes for the family culture at the club.
“I’m really looking forward to playing rugby back home in Australia in front of family and friends, that’s going to be special.”
Head of rugby Matt Hodgson is delighted to have secured a player of McIntyre’s ability and experience.
“Jake brings exceptional positional and tactical awareness to the squad,” Hodgson explained.
“His vision and rugby intelligence are strong assets, so we’re looking forward to seeing that on display on the training track and during the 2021 season.
“It’s always great to have Australian players return home and having seen him thrive in France, we’re excited to see Jake show the country what he’s capable of in a Force jersey.”