Force fans will enjoy six home games at the redeveloped HBF Park in 2023. Kicking off with a guaranteed Round 1 clash at home against historic rivals, the Melbourne Rebels, on February 25.
Having the Sea of Blue’s support at the opening game was the number 1 priority for all involved at the Force. Head coach Simon Cron claims his troops are eager to initiate the season in front of a roaring home crowd.
"There are several new players the Sea of Blue get to watch that will bring something different to the team, and I know they are all excited to kick off the season at home," Cron assured.
The prime time 7:00pm season opener is followed by an action-packed Super Round in the heart of Melbourne at AAMI Park, where the Force is set to take on the Queensland Reds in the final match of a momentous three days of rugby.
Round 3 sees the Force return home for a Saturday sensation, hosting the mountainous men of Moana Pasifika for the first time. Overpowering the newly formed club in their adopted hometown of Auckland this year, the Force is hungry to strengthen this margin at HBF Park come March 11.
"Moana Pasifika have had their build-up, they will be a better side than they were last season, they'll come with a lot of heart, we will have to be on our best to take it to them," Cron claimed.
The Force then embark on a three-week tour of New Zealand, taking on the Highlanders on March 19, the Blues on March 26 and finish up in the nation's capital, taking on the Hurricanes on April 2.
Cron acknowledges heading across the ditch early boons opportunity to calibrate the pace of the ruck and further accelerate off-field morale.
"Being away from home helps us continue sufficient time to build camaraderie amongst each other. We will run with this opening and enjoy being on the road for three weeks," Cron attested.
Rested after Round 7's bye, the Force will face eastern state foes the NSW Waratahs on April 15 before returning home to host the Highlanders at a family-friendly time of 5:45pm on Saturday, April 22.
It's over to the sunshine state next to take on rivals, the QLD Reds, on April 29. Round 11 sees the Force take a short flight back over the Tasman to face the reigning Super Rugby Pacific champions, the Crusaders on May 6.
Nearing the season's pointy end, the Force revel a robust run home with three of four games at HPF Park. Starting with Round 12, it doesn't get much better than a Friday night blockbuster with the flying Fijian Drua, travelling West for the first time on May 20. Backing up with the anticipated clash against the Brumbies at 8pm on Saturday, May 20.
A final trip to Melbourne to take on the Rebels before the Chiefs enter the Sea of Blue territory on June 3, ending the home and away season in action-packed fashion.
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