Force to face EP Kings?
Brenden Nel - SuperSport
Force coach Richard Graham (File)
Johannesburg - In an enterprising move, it seems the Western Force are looking for some extra games when the Vodacom Super Rugby series takes a break in June.
While most South African sides will be welcoming the three week break enforced by the arrival of England for their three-Test series against the Springboks, the Force are actually looking for more games, and according to the Western Australian newspaper are currently negotiating to host a series of games against the EP Kings in that period.
The break comes at a particularly bad time for the Force, as while the South African sides have three weeks off, they have five, because of the four Test matches - three for Wales and one for Scotland - in Australia during that time. As well as this they have a break before the Test series starts.
The Force then return to face the Brumbies, Blues and Crusaders in a crucial part of the season and coach Richard Graham is adamant that the break will do them more harm than good.
According to the newspaper, he will give players a week off, two weeks in club rugby and the expected game against the Kings before he prepares them for the restart of Super Rugby.