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Morahan to play Super Rugby for the Force in 2016

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Wallabies and Western Force flyer Luke Morahan has re-signed with the Perth
based franchise and will play Super Rugby for the Force for at least another
season.

The express-paced outside back – who has re-signed for one year with the option
of a second – was the club’s leading try scorer in 2015 (five tries) and
brings with him a wealth of experience, having played seven seasons and 68 matches
of Super Rugby, been a long-term representative in the Australia
Sevens side, as well as having played one Test for the Wallabies.

“I’m really excited about where the club’s heading and it
made it a very easy decision to re-sign,” Morahan said.

“I’ve enjoyed my last two years here, we’ve got a great and
very committed group of people here that are all working very hard towards a
common goal.

“Over the past few years we’ve been growing and gaining valuable
experience as a squad. We’ve got a lot of young guys that have been given
opportunities and we’ve now added a few new signings that bring further
competition within the team. We know that we can compete with the best backlines
in the competition, but to now have that additional depth and added experience
within our backline is a significant benefit to us as a team.

“Personally, I had an injury setback [hamstring] last year, which was
made easier because we were doing well. This year, I was really happy to get
a full season under my belt – which was the first time in a few years I’d
been able to do that in any team. It was great to be able to get a few tries
this year which is something I’m really keen to do over the next period,
as well as playing as consistently as I can.

“We’ve done a lot of work reviewing last season; we’ve had
a lot of hard discussions but they’ve been very productive and we’re
all very focused now on looking forward. What we’ve been working on and
how we’ve trained over the last two months already has me very excited
about what we can do as a team next season.”

Morahan says that the inclusion of his former Southport School and Queensland
Reds teammates – Jono Lance and Ben Tapuai – to the Force squad from 2016, will
provide further experience and competition into the Western Australian backline.

“I’ve played a lot of football with them through school and early
on at the Reds; I know how they play and it’s exciting to have the chance
to pick up those combinations again,” he said.

“They’ll both be great for the club – on and off the field. Importantly,
they’ll also bring a wealth of knowledge with them, having been members
of some of the best backlines in the world. Jono has been a member of Super
Rugby-winning teams at two separate clubs, Ben recently played very well for
the Baa-Baas, and has been with the Wallabies and Reds. That knowledge they’ll
bring and the competition they’ll provide will be really good for us next
year.”

Western Force Head Coach Michael Foley says Morahan has developed into a key
attacking threat within the Force backline.

“Luke has done well since he’s been at the club, including being
our top try scorer this year,” he said.

“What’s most exciting is that he is yet to reach his full potential.
He has the skill set to play both back three and centre, which will become an
integral part of the way we’ll play in 2016.

“The way he’s tackling his preparation for the 2016 season is allowing
him to be a strong role model within the squad.”

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