Force reel in Blues No 9

The Western Force have signed scrumhalf Alby Mathewson from the Blues.

Mathewson will join the Perth Super Rugby team as their second marquee player. The Force have already signed Cheetahs flyhalf Sias Ebersohn for next season.

Mathewson, who was voted New Zealand’s Super Rugby Player of the Year in 2010, has struggled for game time at the Blues following the arrival of All Blacks halfback Piri Weepu from the Hurricanes. This has encouraged the 26-year-old to move abroad on a one-year deal.