COVID forces Force's withdrawal from Super W

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The growing COVID-19 situation across Australia has seen the Western Force withdraw from Super W effective immediately to ensure players and staff are able to return to families and fulfill employment obligations.

The Force were set to play the NSW Waratahs in their Round 2 match on Sunday afternoon, but made the decision to leave Coffs Harbour immediately to ensure they could return home.

The competition will revert to a five team series with the remaining sides staying the Coffs Harbour to finish off the series.

In a statement Force CEO Tony Lewis said the decision was made to ensure the welfare of players and staff.

"We were greatly looking forward to Round Two after a very promising start to the season. However, the health and well-being of our players, their families and team management is our priority."

Rugby Australia General Manager Women's Rugby Jilly Collins said the ability for the players to remain in NSW was significantly impacted by the fact the players are not contracted full time.

"It is obviously very disappointing to be in this position, but we had to consider the welfare of our players and staff based in Western Australia.

"These programs are not full-time. Players and management take time away from family and off work to compete in this tournament. Given the new restrictions implemented, our priority was to ensure minimal further disruption to their lives outside of the sport.

"The situation for our other teams is slightly different but we will continue to manage that on a day-to-day basis."

The Western Force drew their opening match against President's XV on Wednesday.