Force bring in Fairbanks

Talented back offsets the loss of Cross

Last Updated: 24/06/10 9:31am

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Fairbanks: Joining the Force

Fairbanks: Joining the Force

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Western Force have moved to offset the loss of Ryan Cross by signing talented back Gene Fairbanks.

Wallabies centre Cross has left Perth to return home to Sydney with the Waratahs - but the Force will be pleased to have secured the signing of Fairbanks.

The 27-year-old has spent the past season in Japan, having previously represented the Reds and the Brumbies in the Super 14.

And Fairbanks, who has agreed a two-year deal, believes Force are a club on their way up.

"I wanted to spend a bit of time overseas travelling and to experience another culture and rugby but my plan all along was to return to Super rugby and to get that opportunity with the Force is something I'm really happy about," Fairbanks said.

"I think the team is heading in a good direction, obviously injuries took their toll this season, however there is a good culture at the club and I think there is plenty of upside to come.

"I've spent a fair bit of time in Perth in the past and think it is an amazing place. I'm close with quite a few guys who have previously played with the Force and they've always had great things to say about WA.

"From that perspective it has been quite an easy decision for me to join the Force."

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