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England international signs for Super Rugby franchise

TRANSFER NEWS: The Western Force’s signing spree has continued with the capture of one-cap England international Nic Dolly for the 2025 Super Rugby Pacific season.

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The announcement of Dolly’s deal comes with the Force looking to stabilise after a poor start to the current campaign ahead of Saturday’s bottom-of-the-table clash against the equally struggling Crusaders in Perth.

Dolly, who was born and raised in Sydney, has spent the last seven years playing in England, most recently with Premiership club Leicester Tigers.

The 24-year-old hooker notched his sole Test for England in 2021 having represented the country at under-age level.

Dolly will link up with the Force in July and will be eligible to represent the Wallabies by November.

His signing comes just a week after the Force snapped up Wallaby hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa, who will also link up with the Perth-based franchise in July after spending the past three years in France.

Earlier this month, the Force announced the signing of Wallaby star Kurtley Beale for the rest of the season on an injury-replacement contract.

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Beale will make his debut for the side in Saturday’s clash with the Crusaders in Perth.

“What he brings is experience,” Force coach Simon Cron said of Beale.

“He also brings confidence to some of the boys in front of him.

“I know Donno [Ben Donaldson], Hamish Stewart and Chase Tiatia really benefit from having that voice behind them.”

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Another former Wallaby, lock Sam Carter, recently signed with the Force for the rest of the season.

Dolly said the time was right for his return home to Australia, and he was looking forward to playing under Cron.

“The long-term plan and direction the [Force] is going is exciting, with Crono locked in for the next few years,” Dolly said.

“I spoke to Harry Potter, in particular, along with Carts [Sam Carter] and in terms of culture and what the club is trying to do, it’s all been positive and something I believe I can add to, both on and off field.”

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