Super Rugby: Alby Mathewson extends Western Force stay for two more years

Last Updated: 23/05/14 2:56pm

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Alby Mathewson: enjoying life in Perth

Alby Mathewson: enjoying life in Perth

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Alby Mathewson will stay at Western Force until 2016 after signing a new two-year deal.

New Zealander Mathewson has been influential for the Australian side after moving from the Blues in 2012.

As one of the Force's marquee foreign signings, Mathewson needed special dispensation from the Australian Rugby Union to be able to extent his stay in Perth.

The 28 year-old scrum-half has said there had been interest from elsewhere, but Perth was where he wanted to play his rugby.

"I was always holding out hope that it would work out this way and I'd stay," Mathewson said.

"I love being part of what we have at the Force and it's great to be a part of an actual 'team'.

"I know it gets talked about a bit in the media, but it's great to be a part of the culture of this team, everyone is really tight as a group and there's no egos."

Mathewson was part of the side that recorded five victories on the trot, a first in franchise history, but injured his ankle soon after and has been out ever since. He is expected to return towards the end of next month.

The Perth-based franchise sit seventh in the conference at the moment and a win against the Lions on Saturday will close the gap on the Brumbies, who play on Friday.

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