We believe the best way to support the Force moving forward is to provide this concession
The struggling Western Force will be allowed an additional foreign player next season to help them become more competitive in the Super Rugby competition.
The Australian Rugby Union decision follows a request from the Perth-based franchise to revise its foreign player contracting rule.
Prior to the change, the Force, along with rival Australian teams the Brumbies, Reds and Waratahs, were allowed to recruit two developing foreign players, or one marquee and one developing foreign player.
The Melbourne-based Rebels, finishing their second season, are the only exception to the foreign player concession and are allowed to recruit a maximum of 10 foreign players.
Western Force have struggled this season and have won just three of their 15 games, while losing key players to rival teams.
"We have worked closely with the Force and carefully considered their request to be granted the ability to recruit an additional developing foreign player in 2013," said David Nucifora, General Manager of the ARU's High Performance Unit.
"The outcome of this process is that we believe the best way to support the Force moving forward is to provide this concession."
The ARU also indicated that the Rebels will be provided with the same foreign player concessions as the Force in 2016 when their current concessions fall back in line with the other Australian franchises.
Currently the Rebels can recruit up to 10 foreign players, but that will be reduced to six in 2014 and four in 2015 before aligning with the other Australian franchises.
While both the Force, and Rebels in 2016, have the opportunity to recruit an additional foreign player to their squads it is not compulsory for them to do so, with both clubs able to recruit a local player should they choose.
The concessions will be reviewed year-on-year as part of the regular Super Rugby review process.