The Road Safety Western Force have re-signed exciting scrumhalf Michael Ruru for two more seasons, after a strong start to his Super Rugby career playing nine games for the Western Australian club, including three run-on starts this season.
The Nedlands local has had a remarkable rise to Super Rugby, starring in the Pindan Premier Grade since 2012, before three quality seasons with the Perth Spirit in the National Rugby Championship.
Ruru says his first season of Super Rugby has been an incredible experience and the Road Safety Western Force was the only team he wanted to continue his career with.
“It’s been pretty amazing, I really didn’t expect to get as much game time as I have this season. I knew it was going to be tough, but I feel I have brought something that fits the way we play the game.
“I’m thankful that the Force, Dave, and all the coaching staff have trusted me and put faith in me since pre-season started, and I’m just trying to repay them, the state of WA and the Road Safety Western Force for giving me the opportunity.”
The hard-working number nine has built his game on a solid work rate and strong running game, sitting in the third position in the Super Rugby competition for scrumhalf runs and says that’s the way he likes to play the game.
“As most rugby fans do, I just like running rugby. I like to play hard, to play well and if I get to go on a few runs then that’s a bonus, but I know we’ve got some great attacking threats on the outside of me who can do that too.”
Road Safety Western Force Attack Coach Shaun Berne says Ruru has been a barometer for the team this year and a vital part of the backline.
“Michael has been a real revelation for us in terms of how well he has played when given his opportunities,” he said. “He’s a guy that plays with real passion and desperately wants to win. I’m delighted that he has re-signed with the Force.”
Ruru will be primed and ready for the Force’s Round 16 clash with the Melbourne Rebels at the ‘Force Field’ on Friday, 7 July.
Name: Michael Ruru
Born: 03/12/1990, Napier, New Zealand
Super Rugby Caps: 9
Super Rugby Points: 0
Super Rugby Debut: Round 1 2017 v Waratahs, Sydney
Hawkes Bay ITM Cup (2012)
Perth Spirit (2014-2016)
Western Force 10s (2016)