In recent history, the Australian Rugby Union changed the rules to allow foreign players and developing foreign players to join Australian teams in the Super Competition. There have been a number of players come and go, and only a few that have left a lasting impression on Super Rugby history. The Emirates Western Force has had a number of ‘marquee’ foreigners, but has rarely received a return on the field to match the hype that initially surrounded their signings. Injury has plagued the Force’s marquee signings, preventing some from ever pulling on a game-day jersey. Andre Pretouris, the former Springbok, came to the Force as the answer to the problems at 10. The jersey is surely jinxed. The Sea of Blue was never to see him perform, as he was struck down in the first captain’s run of the year, tearing his hamstring clean off the bone. Pretouris spent his year-long contract on the sidelines, in a Force suit and in training kit only during rehab and visits to local schools. The Force struggled through without the benefits of a top 10 or a marquee for the year, and the rugby community never got to witness how well a South… Read full this story
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