Head coach Simon Cron signs two-year contract extension with Western Force

Simon Cron joined Western Force in 2023
Simon Cron joined Western Force in 2023

Western Force have announced that head coach Simon Cron has signed a two-year contract extension with the Super Rugby club.

Cron joined Western Force in August 2022 and managed five wins in their 14 matches in the 2023 season.

Prior to joining Force, Cron previously been head coach of Japanese club Toyota Verblitz between 2019 and 2022, as well as an assistant coach at the NSW Waratahs between 2017 and 2019 along with a stint as Australia’s Under-20’s head coach in 2017.

“If you look at the players who take to the field every week, they excite us as coaches,” Cron told the club's official website.

“We’re excited about them.

“We love the personalities, we love their drive to succeed, we love seeing them every day on field, pushing each other for success.

“We believe we’ve got the core of something special growing here. That’s what’s excited me about staying here.”

Meanwhile, Niamh O’Connor, who was officially confirmed as the Club’s permanent chief executive was delighted with Cron remaining committed to the club.

“Since his arrival in Perth 18 months ago, Simon and his coaching team have worked hard to put the foundation pieces in place for long-term success for the Force,” O’Connor said.

“That doesn’t happen overnight but the trajectory of the team under Simon is exciting and while we didn’t make the finals last year, we saw glimpses of the project building and evolving. That’s only been enhanced during the off-season by our recruitment and player buy-in.

“You can feel internally that there’s an elite high performance environment and positive success-focused culture growing within the playing squad which is exactly part of the Club’s vision to be world class.

“The Force board have every confidence in Simon to take us to that next level, thus we’re thrilled to have him sign a contract extension, keeping him in Perth until at least 2026.”