Disgraced Ripia leaves Force

Willie Ripia has quit the Force after allegedly being caught stealing from his team-mates.

Ripia, who has previously undergone counselling for a gambling problem, was reportedly caught on CCTV taking money from players’ wallets and bags at the team’s Perth headquarters. The 26-year-old flyhalf offered his resignation on Tuesday when confronted with the footage.

In a statement the Force said: ‘The club wishes to stress that the matter relates to an internal incident at the club and does not involve any member of the public or public property.’

With James O’Connor switching to the Rebels, the Force now have a shortage of pivots, with Australia sevens star James Stannard likely to fill the berth.