The Western Force has re-signed Western Australian duo Ollie Callan and Jackson Pugh on new two-year deals.
Callan enjoyed a breakout season in 2022, making 11 Super Rugby Pacific appearances, including a standout performance against the Chiefs in Round 13 that earned the 21-year-old a Team of the Week selection.
The homegrown back rower made his debut against the Waratahs in the opening round of the 2020 Super Rugby AU campaign and has since become a powerful player renowned for his work ethic and ability to win the ball.
As a Wanneroo product, Callan is delighted to remain at the Force and add to his 22 caps.
“I’m a proud Western Australian, Perth is my home, so I’m really excited to be staying at the club for another two years.”
“My old man played for Wanneroo, so it’s special to be playing here in front of my family and friends.”
“I grew up watching the Force, so to be playing for them and re-signing is massive for me. We’re moving in the right direction and building nicely with a squad that’s eager to learn.”
Pugh made his Super Rugby and Western Force debut in Round 3 this year against the Queensland Reds at HBF Park.
The 22-year-old Palmyra lock went on to play seven matches for the club in 2022 and received the Force Man of the Match award on his run-on debut against the Chiefs and again after the win against Moana Pasifika.
Pugh said he’s determined to develop his game further after re-signing through to 2024.
“To get a taste of Super Rugby with the Force has been a dream come true having supported them since I was a kid,” Pugh explained.
“This year has been an unreal experience. To make my debut and go on tour with the squad was everything I hoped it would be.
“I’m really excited by how the club is progressing and I can’t wait to put the work in over the next two seasons.”
General manager of rugby Matt Hodgson is delighted to retain the talented Western Australians.
“Having graduated from the Future Force Academy together in 2020, Ollie and Jackson are showing they belong on the Super Rugby stage,” Hodgson stated.
“To have young local talent commit their futures to the club is very pleasing. I can’t wait to see them develop their games further in a Force jersey.”