Local Sensation Returns Home

The Western Force have brought home kicking prodigy, Nick Jooste, to play in the inaugural 2019 Global Rapid Rugby competition.

Jooste returns to WA after finishing a two-year deal with the Brumbies which put his name in the history books for being only the sixth player to sign a Super Rugby contract while still in high school.

The 21-year-old Hale School pupil crashed into the professional circuit in 2015 with the Perth Spirit as the youngest player in the NRC that year and is looking forward to representing his state once again.

“The Force was my team growing up in Perth and I was a die-hard whilst growing up,” Jooste said.

“I still remember when I was around 10 or 12 and James O’Connor gave me one of his boots.”

The accomplished fly-half said moving over east forced him to grow up quickly, but he is excited to further hone his craft and learn from many at the Force.

“I definitely learnt a lot from the Brumbies from guys like Stephen Larkham and also had a bit to do with Tim Sampson down there which was pretty cool,” Jooste said.

“I’ve always loved playing and training around Marcel Brache. He brings a lot of good energy and he’s always been good to train with.

“Ian Prior is someone who is really good for me to learn from as a 10. He has got really good control of the game, so it would be good to learn from him.”

Jooste is also readying himself for the fast-paced running style that Rapid Rugby will bring and is looking forward to the potential for extra ball-in-play time for himself.

“It’s going to be fast and you’re to have to be fit. That is probably the first thing that struck my mind about rapid rugby,” he said.

“It definitely will be cool to get some more ball-in-play time.”