Lance signs for Western Force alongside former Edinburgh lock

Jono Lance of Worcester Warriors kicks a penalty.

Jono Lance – whose proposed move to Edinburgh fell through last week – has agreed a deal with the Western Force for the Super Rugby AU season, which kicks off next month.

A two-time Super Rugby champion, Lance joined the Force in 2016 and departed after the team was cut from Super Rugby the next year.

The 29-year-old brings a wealth of experience, having been a crucial part of both the Queensland Reds 2011 and New South Wales Waratahs 2014 Super Rugby Championship teams.

He returns to Australia after playing for UK side Worcester Warriors in the last few years and initially planned to move to Edinburgh before the COVID19 crisis. The decision to rejoin the Force was a “no-brainer” for the stand-off.

“I’ve always had a vision that if I was to return to Australia that it would be at the Force. It all happened pretty quickly but as soon as the opportunity came, I was pretty happy to get over here,” Lance said.

“There are quite a few guys who were at the club when I was here last time who are still here and after speaking to the coaches and staff it was a no-brainer for me.”

And the stand-off joins lock Ollie Atkins, who spent two years with the Capital club, in signing with the Western Force. 

The 31-year-old, a Scotland ‘A’ internationalist previously played two games for the club in 2012, and moves from French side Rouen. 

Image caption: Jono Lance in action for Worcester Warriors. Image courtesy Scottish Rugby

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