Dane Haylett-Petty of the Force is tackled by Matt Toomua and Nigel Ah Wong of the Brumbies in round 17 of the Super Rugby this year.
Dane Haylett-Petty of the Force is tackled by Matt Toomua and Nigel Ah Wong of the Brumbies in round 17 of the Super Rugby this year. DEAN LEWINS

Force moving towards community ownership

RUGBY UNION: Western Force players are taking the concept of "buying in” to a club's philosophy to a new level.

They are digging deep financially in a bid to keep the Super Rugby franchise afloat.

The Force is facing the prospect of being cut from the 18-team competition if the number of Australian sides is reduced from five to four as early as the 2018 season.

SANZAR is expected to make a decision in March, but until then the Force is aiming to become a community-owned club as part of a campaign called Own The Force.

The ownership model is based on the sale of certificates valued at $1000 each with players and staff among the almost 4300 expressing their interest in investing.



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