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Cottrell remains a Force in Perth

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:33
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Hard-working Western Force flank Angus Cottrell has re-committed to the Perth side for another two years through until 2016.

Hard-working Western Force flank Angus Cottrell has re-committed to the Perth side for another two years through until 2016.
The gritty loose forward started in all but one match for the Western Force this season before suffering a broken ankle against the Crusaders last month.
The 24-year-old has formed a powerful loose trio combination with Wallabies Matt Hodgson and Ben McCalman this season, both of whom are signed until the end of 2015.
Cottrell - son of Nev Cottrell Jr, who represented Queensland in the late 1970's, and grandson of the late Nev "Notchy" Cottrell, who captained the Wallabies at hooker for two Tests against the British and Irish Lions in 1950 - is in his third season with the Force after being recruited from Brisbane club, Wests, at the end of 2011.
While disappointed to miss the Western Force's climax to the season, Cottrell says he's looking forward to building on what the team has achieved this year.
"I love coming here every day and I didn't want to go anywhere else to be honest," he said.
"We've got a great culture here; there are no egos and everyone wants to chip in and play for their mate. This is a fantastic group to be playing and training with, we’ve got a fantastic bunch of supporters, and playing for the Force is something I'd love to do long-term.
"I feel like I've come a long way since I really started learning my trade here three years ago. I know I've still got a long way to go but playing alongside guys like Ben McCalman, Hodgo [Hodgson] and Hughy [Hugh McMeniman] has been great for my rugby - they make it very easy for me.
"This year's been a special year. What we've done on-field [in terms of results] has been great, but it's the confidence and trust that we've had in each other that's made this my one of most enjoyable years playing rugby.
"The guys were very disappointed with last weekend's performance [against the Blues] and they knew it wasn't a performance that reflected us as a team. This week's an important game for us, but we turned our performances around in a week earlier this season and we know that when we front up with the right attitude we’re capable of beating anyone," he added.
Force coach Michael Foley says Cottrell will continue to develop into an important member of the squad.
"Gussy has been excellent for us this season and it was disappointing to see him sustain an injury when he was playing with such consistency," he said. "His aggressive approach combined well with Hodgo and Ben McCalman in what has been an excellent back row for us this year.
"We're very pleased to have Gus re-commit to the club beyond this season. He constantly wants to improve and is learning to hold himself to high standards, which is important as we look to keep moving forward as a team."

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sast: 16h00 | local: 18h00

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Australia v Wales 15h45 London
England v Uruguay 19h00 Manchester
Sun, 11 October 2015
Argentina v Namibia 11h00 Leicester
Italy v Romania 13h30 Exeter
France v Ireland 15h45 Cardiff
United States v Japan 19h00 Gloucester
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Blue Bulls v Western Province 17h00 Pretoria
Connacht v Zebre 18h30 Sportsground
Glasgow Warriors v Dragons 18h35 Scotstoun
Scarlets v Leinster 18h35 Parc y Scarlets
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New Zealand v Tonga 47 | 9
Western Province v EP Kings 45 | 14
Pumas v Blue Bulls 24 | 25
Wed, 07 October 2015
Namibia v Georgia 16 | 17
South Africa v United States 64 | 0
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Fiji v Uruguay 47 | 15
Canada v Romania 15 | 17
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Ireland v Italy 16 | 9
Argentina v Tonga 45 | 16
Zebre v Scarlets 8 | 20
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England v Australia 13 | 33
Connacht v Cardiff Blues 36 | 31
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 16 11 0 5 52
Brumbies 16 9 0 7 47
Rebels 16 7 0 9 36
Reds 16 4 0 12 22
Force 16 3 0 13 19
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 16 14 0 2 66
Highlanders 16 11 0 5 53
Chiefs 16 10 0 6 48
Crusaders 16 9 0 7 46
Blues 16 3 0 13 20
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 16 10 1 5 45
Lions 16 9 1 6 42
Bulls 16 7 0 9 38
Sharks 16 7 0 9 34
Cheetahs 16 5 0 11 26