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Wed, 24 Apr 2013 09:38
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Brumbies scrumhalf Ian Prior will join the Western Force next season, after signing for two years.

Prior will join former Reds teammate Luke Morahan in Force colours from 2014 - alongside the likes of Matt Hodgson, Hugh McMeniman, Ben McCalman, Alby Mathewson, Pek Cowan, Chris Alcock, Kyle Godwin, Nathan Charles and Sias Ebersohn.

The 22-year-old made his Super Rugby debut for Queensland in their 2011 Super Rugby championship-winning season and started off the bench in the side's 18-13 win over the Crusaders in the Final in Brisbane.

The 2010 Australian Under-20 representative moved to Canberra to link with the Brumbies ahead of the 2011 Super Rugby season, where he has added a further 19 Super Rugby caps to his tally.

Prior, who has played a total of 25 Super Rugby matches, says he's looking forward to joining the Force from next season.

"I was really excited to sign with the Force and be a part of an up-and-coming team," he said.

"When I came to the Brumbies they were in a similar position and I've always enjoyed the challenge of contributing to an always-improving team.

"I spoke to Luke Morahan in depth [about joining the Western Force] and we had similar views on contributing to a young and up-and-coming team and helping contribute to a winning culture based on our experiences.

"Based on their performances this season, the Force is heading in the right direction; they're building the right culture under Michael Foley and that really appealed to me. They're playing a positive brand of footy this season which is great to see as a player joining the side next year."

Force coach Michael Foley says Prior is another quality addition to the Western Force backline in 2014.

"Ian's an excellent up-and-coming player who has already played over 20 games at a Super Rugby level," he said.

"The experience he's had to date, provides a great foundation for further development and ensures we're  building  depth in the key No.9 position."

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