Force sign up Waratah prop Troy Takiari


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The Emirates Western Force have signed NSW Waratah prop Troy Takiari for the next two years.

The 27 year old made his Tooheys New Super 14 debut for the Waratahs against the Bulls in Pretoria in round three of 2006, and added a second cap against the Sharks in Sydney in round four.

The New Zealand born Takiari has the ability to play on both sides of the scrum, and at 192cm and 120kg he is one of the biggest props in the country.

Emirates Western Force coach John Mitchell said the arrival of Takiari would add depth and size to the squad’s forward pack.

Troy is a terrific technician at scrum time and is also very solid at the breakdown. He is tall for a prop, which makes him an awkward package for opposition front rows,’ said Mitchell.

‘He is also very mobile for his size, and could develop into a damaging ball runner given the opportunity.’

A former member of the Brumbies Academy and Brumby Runners program, Takiari also spent time playing semi-professional rugby in the Scottish Borders with the Hawick club. He signed with the Waratahs in 2005.

‘It’s great to get another opportunity to play Super 14 rugby, and I am really looking forward to working with John Mitchell and his coaching team,’ Takiari said.

‘The Emirates Western Force have got a strong pack, so it will be a good challenge for me to try to get into the starting XV. I’m looking forward to heading to W.A. for the 2007 season.’

Takiari has rugby in the blood – his father Mohi played for New Zealand Services and captained an ACT side during the 1980s that included David Campese and Ricky Stuart.

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