Fly Half Jake McIntyre Returns To Australia
Former Australia Under 20s Fly Half Jake McIntyre has returned to his native country and signed a two year deal at the Western Force. He recently announced he was leaving French Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne, for family reasons and will now ply his trade in Perth. The 26 year old scored 100 Super Rugby points, for the Queensland Reds, between 2015 and 2017. He then jetted off to Europe for three seasons of French Rugby, two with Agen and one with Clermont. The playmaker is an excellent acquisition and joins a heap of talented new signings, including Rob Kearney and Tomas Cubelli. The latter could form a formidable Half Back partnership with McIntyre, as both are excellent controllers of a game of rugby.
The Western Force have had a really positive return to Super Rugby. They did not win any games in Super Rugby AU, but they were close in many and set a style of play. They are developing as a side, with some hugely talented youngsters. They have recruited extremely well, so far, in the off season. The Force have opted to bring in various experienced players and some real quality. Through this recruitment strategy, they have managed to bring in some leaders, who can help drive this side forward. Add to that, the new Half Back duo and some World Class talent like Julian Montoya, and they are beginning to look like real contenders.
What They Said:
“For me it was a no-brainer to join the Force. I share the ambition the club has shown, and I want to grow with the club to achieve success,”
“After talking with players like Brad Lacey, there’s obviously a very strong rugby community in WA, which I can’t wait to contribute to and be a part of. It’s rare you find a place where players only have positive things to say, so I think that speaks volumes for the family culture at the club.
“I’m really looking forward to playing rugby back home in Australia in front of family and friends, that’s going to be special.”
Western Force Head Of Rugby Matt Hodgson:
“Jake brings exceptional positional and tactical awareness to the squad,”
“His vision and rugby intelligence are strong assets, so we’re looking forward to seeing that on display on the training track and during the 2021 season.
“It’s always great to have Australian players return home and having seen him thrive in France, we’re excited to see Jake show the country what he’s capable of in a Force jersey.”