Super Rugby
Angus Cottrell commits to Western Force
ESPN Staff
July 2, 2014

Angus Cottrell has re-committed to Western Force, signing a deal for another two years until the end of 2016.

Angus Cottrell of the Western Force is stretchered off after breaking his leg, Crusaders v Force, Super Rugby, AMI Park, Christchurch
Angus Cottrell's season ended in Christchurch © Getty Images

Cottrell, 24, has formed a powerful back-row combination with Wallabies Matt Hodgson and Ben McCalman this season, starting all but one match before breaking his left ankle against the Crusaders last month.

"I love coming here every day and I didn't want to go anywhere else to be honest," Cottrell said. "We've got a great culture here; there are no egos and everyone wants to chip in and play for their mate. This is a fantastic group to be playing and training with, we've got a fantastic bunch of supporters, and playing for the Force is something I'd love to do long-term.

"I feel like I've come a long way since I really started learning my trade here three years ago. I know I've still got a long way to go but playing alongside guys like Ben McCalman, 'Hodgo' and [Hugh McMeniman] has been great for my rugby; they make it very easy for me.

"This year's been a special year. What we've done on-field [in terms of results] has been great, but it's the confidence and trust that we've had in each other that's made this my one of most enjoyable years playing rugby."

Force coach Michael Foley said Cottrell would continue to develop into an important member of Western Force squad.

"'Gussy' has been excellent for us this season, and it was disappointing to see him sustain an injury when he was playing with such consistency," Foley said. "His aggressive approach combined well with Hodgo and Ben McCalman in what has been an excellent back-row for us this year."

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