Rona says Force axing will help Australia's Super Rugby chances

Former Western Force centre Curtis Rona says the axing of the WA side will ultimately make Australia's Super Rugby teams stronger.

Rona, who has moved to the NSW Waratahs after the Force were controversially axed from Super Rugby, said the removing the Force would improve all Australian rugby teams, after four of the Australian sides finished in the bottom half of the competition in 2017.

"All-round the Australian teams didn't really fire against the New Zealand teams and they were just at another level last season," Rona said. "Cutting down to four teams has definitely boosted the other teams' rosters, and we've got a lot of key players going to different teams to make it a lot better, a lot more stronger and compete against the best teams."

The cut from four to five teams will also mean the centre will need to be at his best to nail down a spot in the Waratahs' starting XV.

"That's one of my main goals for now, and just making sure that I put my best foot forward and get myself ready for the up and coming rugby season," Rona said.

The former rugby league player said that pulling on the Wallabies jersey for the first time last year was a dream come true and an opportunity that he would like to repeat.

"I had my first year in rugby and I wanted to stick with it and when I put on the gold jersey it was a massive achievement and I didn't want to let that slip away again," Rona said. "I just want to regain a spot in the Wallabies team and to do that coming to the Tahs and staying in rugby was the only option.

"I want to commit to the World Cup in 2019."

The 25-year-old said that the attitude from the team going into the 2018 season was positive, despite the Waratahs coming off their worst finish in Super Rugby history, finishing 16th.

"We know we need to work and improve from last year and I think we've noted mistakes that we've made last season and we've definitely fixed them up," Rona said.

"We want to be a lot stronger coming into this season, we've got a lot of new faces here and the boys that have come in from different clubs have definitely upped the ante and are putting on the heat, so when it comes to Super Rugby time everyone's ready."

However, Rona said he is determined to making his mark at the Waratahs and show his new teammates he belongs in Super Rugby.

"I want to focus on this 2018 season at the Tahs, and I want to make a massive stamp on the team."

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