Former Western Force and international backs Peter Grant and Marcel Brache are the first two players to commit to a new era of WA rugby.
Former springbok fly-half Grant and USA outside back Brache will lead the new Force into the National Rugby Championship.
They are also likely to be in the mix for the Indo Pacific Rugby Championship squad when that kicks off in March next year.
Matt Hodgson, former Force captain and now IPRC head of elite performance, has been negotiating with a number of high-profile players since mining billionaire Andrew Forrest launched the competition when Rugby Australia axed the Force last year.
Hodgson said the fledgling side would have a strong showing in the NRC.
“The NRC is a big thing for WA this year. We need a professional element and these two boys will lead the way,” he said.
“Peter and Marcel were among players left in limbo when the Force was closed and we always said we would look after boys if opportunities did not arise elsewhere.
“Both have put time into WA. This is an opportunity for them to continue to be professional athletes in a state they love playing for.
Story via thewest.com.au