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Perth based Super Rugby franchise the Western Force have signed ITM Cup-winning winger Mitchell Scott for the next two Super Rugby seasons.

Born in Nelson, Scott, son of late All Blacks scrum half Stephen Scott, was a starting member of the Tasman Makos’ 2013 ITM Cup Championship-winning side that defeated Hawke’s Bay 26-25, and came off the bench for the team that finished runners-up in this year’s Premiership final to Taranaki, 36-32.

The 23-year-old former secondary schools sprint champion was a starting winger for the New Zealand Under 20 team during their successful IRB Junior World Championship campaign, defeating England, 33-22, in the final.

Scott, who was also a member of the Crusaders’ Wider Training Squad, says he’s looking forward to being part of the Western Force.

“It’s a really exciting to join the Force and they’re a great bunch of boys,” he said.

“It’s a great to have the opportunity to be here full time and not just training as part of a Super Rugby squad through the pre-season as I’ve done previously.

“We’ve had a good few seasons with Tasman over the past two years and have gone from the worst team in the competition to the second best this season. It’s been really cool to be a part of that developing team and then see teammates go on to higher honours.

“It’s not dissimilar to what the Force has done. It’d be great to contribute to what the guys have been doing here, and keep that development going.

“It’s pretty cool to get over to Perth. I’ve got a lot of my mates living over here now and it’s a great place. It’s a lot hotter – and a fair bit bigger – than Nelson.”

Western Force Head Coach Michael Foley says Scott is an exciting, young player.

“While we’ve focused on retention and the promotion of players from within, it was essential that we found players outside the group that complemented what we’re looking to achieve as a team,” he said.

“Mitch joins us following a successful season with the Tasman Makos in New Zealand’s ITM Cup. While still young, he’s been a part of the Crusaders and New Zealand Under 20 programmes and adds genuine pace to our outside backs.”

The Western Force has commenced pre-season training and will kick off their season against the NSW Waratahs in Sydney on Sunday, 15 February.

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Name: Mitchell Scott
Born: 02/03/1991, Nelson (New Zealand)
Position: Wing
Height: 175cm
Weight: 80kg
Representative Rugby: 2013-2014 Tasman Makos (ITM Cup), 2012 Crusaders (Wider Training Squad), 2011 New Zealand Under 20, 2008-2009 Nelson Bays Under 18

2015 Western Force squad:

Robbie Abel (EPS), Chris Alcock, Marcel Brache, Luke Burton, Nathan Charles, Adam Coleman, Angus Cottrell, Pek Cowan, Patrick Dellit, Sias Ebersohn, Tetera Faulkner, Kyle Godwin, Dane Haylett-Petty, Ross Haylett-Petty (EPS), Chris Heiberg, Matt Hodgson, Zack Holmes, Oliver Hoskins, Brad Lacey (EPS), Ryan Louwrens (EPS), Steve Mafi, Alby Mathewson, Ben McCalman, Luke Morahan, Albert Nikoro, Ian Prior, Solomoni Rasolea, Mitchell Scott, Brynard Stander, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Heath Tessmann, Francois van Wyk (EPS), Rory Walton, Sam Wykes

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