The Western Force are delighted to announce that Wallabies prop Tom Robertson has agreed to join the club.
Robertson, who arrives from the Waratahs after playing 62 games for the NSW side, is a hard-working prop with a wealth of Super Rugby and international experience.
After announcing himself on the professional stage with a try on debut against the Highlanders back in 2016 aged just 22, the New South Welshman enjoyed a meteoric rise to gain Wallabies selection in the same year.
The 26-year-old became Wallaby No. 898 after making his debut in Perth at HBF Park in the 36-20 Rugby Championship victory over Argentina.
Robertson enjoyed junior representative success as part of the Trans-Tasman Shield-winning Australian Schoolboys side in 2012, while also representing Australia at the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships in New Zealand.
The Dubbo Kangaroos junior, who has 24 Wallabies caps to his name, cited Force head coach Tim Sampson as a significant factor in his decision to head west.
“One of the main reasons why I wanted to play for the Force next year is Tim Sampson, who I think is world class,” Robertson explained. “Tim has a great reputation within the rugby community, and I can’t wait to learn and play under him.”
Robertson will be welcomed by some familiar faces when he joins the Force squad. “I’ve played with a lot of the Force players before, the likes of Fergus Lee-Warner and Kyle Godwin, who are great guys,” he said.
“I’m really motivated to help the Western Force squad grow. Western Australia has a lot of young rising talent, and the Force has shown this year that they can play great rugby.”
Sampson noted his positional flexibility as a major addition to the squad.
“He’s a versatile prop, who can play at either tight-head or loose-head and will be a great addition to the quality of front rowers within our current squad,” Tim Sampson said.
“Although still young, Tom comes with experience and we look forward to welcoming him to Western Australia, a place I am sure he has fond memories of after making his Wallabies debut at our home ground back in 2016”.
More player announcements can be expected in the coming weeks.