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Hockings, Stanford re-sign with Force

By Justin Chadwick 02/04/2009 01:07:13 PM Comments (0)

Western Force forwards Tom Hockings and Richard Stanford have re-signed with the Super 14 club for a further two years.

Hockings, 23, has played every match this season after featuring in 10 games last year.

The 112kg lock from north Queensland represented Australia at junior level before bursting onto the Super 14 scene last season.

Stanford, a 110kg flanker who can also play at lock, joined the Force at the start of the season after two years at the Brumbies, where he earned six caps.

The 22-year-old made his run-on debut in the 23-23 draw with the Crusaders in round five.

"We're delighted to have secured both Tom and Richard for the next two years and we've clearly demonstrated that both players are considered important squad members as we build for the future," RugbyWA general manager of rugby Mitch Hardy said of the duo, who have re-signed until the end of 2011.

"Both are young, athletic forwards and while Tom has been here for a couple of seasons, Richard has certainly made an impression in his limited game time so far this season.

"We hope to have more signatures on contracts over the coming weeks but securing two more of our talented youngsters on the back of Sam Wykes' announcement last month is a good sign for the organisation."

But the future of No.8 Richard Brown and backs James O'Connor and Drew Mitchell remain up in the air.

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