The Western Force signs 100-metre sprint champion



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Former National Under 18 100-metre track champion Brett Stapleton has agreed to join Toohey’s New Super 14 debutantes, the Western Force, in a two year deal.

The 18 year old schoolboy winger from Queensland represented the Australian A Schoolboys and was a member of the Australian team that won the Under 18 Commonwealth Games Sevens in 2004.

Stapleton is a member of the National Talent Squad and will be the star attraction for Queensland in the Australian Schools Championship to be held in Canberra in early July.

The Western Force secured the talented athlete’s signature over the Queensland Reds and the Brisbane Broncos, which both held talks with Stapleton earlier this month.

He won the All Schools Under 18 national sprint title in Brisbane in 2003 when aged just 16, clocking 10.91 seconds in a strong head wind.

His fastest time over 100 metres is 10.33 seconds. 

Stapleton joins fellow Queenslander and scrumhalf Vitori Buatava, who has joined the Western Force on a one year deal.

Originally from Melbourne, the 20 year old Buatava  – who, like Stapleton, is a product of the Southport School on the Gold Coast – represented Queensland at Schoolboy and Under 19 level before being offered a Reds Rugby College contract for 2004.

Representing the Gold Coast Breakers in the Brisbane competition, Buatava played an influential part in securing the club’s first Brisbane Premier Grade Championship, in 2004.

In 2005, he represented Queensland A in all of their fixtures for the season and is looking forward to the challenge and opportunity that the Western Force have offered him in 2006.

Also joining the Western Force squad is 22 year old Sydney University back rower, Tim Davidson, and former ACT Brumby, Angus Scott.

Davidson represented New South Wales Country Under 19s in 2002 and last year, was named Sydney University‘s best and fairest, and was a member of the Australian Sevens.

Davidson has signed a one year contract with the Western Force.

Prop Angus Scott represented Australia at Under 21s level in 1999 and in 2002 played nine Super 12 games for the Brumbies.

The 114kg 27 year old moved to the Queensland Reds for the 2004 season.

Scott has signed a two year contract with the Western Force.


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