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New deals for duo

Western Force duo Nick Cummins and Sam Wykes have committed their future to the Super Rugby outfit by signing new two-year deals.

Wing Cummins, 23, and lock Wykes, 22, joined the Perth side in 2008 and coach Richard Graham is delighted to see the youngsters sign on.

"Sam's work in pre-season has demonstrated a real appreciation of what it is to be a professional footballer and as an organisation we can enjoy strong return over the next few seasons," Graham said.

"Sam has evolved a number of elements of his game, notably the lineout, where, during Nathan Sharpe's absence in pre-season trial matches, he was the primary caller and I thought acquitted himself well.

"Nick also understands what it takes to play at this level and has worked hard to develop a level of conditioning that will allow him to compete with the very best.

"His form in the trial matches was outstanding and with more hard work I believe Nick will become a standout for the Emirates Western Force."