Force add Australia sevens star to roster
NEWS: The Western Force announced the signing of Australian international Sevens star Tim Anstee on a two-year deal.
The 23-year-old flank, who has enjoyed a strong domestic campaign with Shute Shield Grand Finalists Eastwood, is set to play in this weekend’s decider.
Since bursting onto the Sevens World Series Circuit in 2016, Anstee became a key member of the national team scoring over 20 tries in his 23 caps, including a quickfire hat-trick against Scotland in the 2017 Sydney 7s tournament.
Anstee is thrilled to be joining the Force at such an exciting time for the club.
“Tim Sampson gave me the opportunity to train with the squad at the start of the Super Rugby AU season and I was really impressed with the work ethic and team culture,” Anstee said.
“The club is driven for success. They’ve recruited strongly this off-season and I’m excited to play alongside and learn from some of the best in the game.
“With the calibre of players in the squad, there’s no reason why we can’t push for a title next season. Western Australians are passionate about their rugby and the Force is a team I can’t wait to represent.”
Head coach Tim Sampson believes Anstee’s athleticism will be a great asset for the squad.
“Tim is an exciting young talent and we’re really pleased to have him join the club,” Sampson explained.
“He trained with us while we were in the Hunter Valley during the start of Super Rugby AU, and he impressed us with how good a bloke he is, which is important to us.
“For a big body, he can move well and has a high skill set which comes from his impressive Sevens background.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing him transition back into 15s and believe he will be a great addition to our squad.”