Western Force vice-captain Kyle Godwin will say goodbye to the club at the end of the Super Rugby Pacific season to join French Top 14 side Lyon.

Godwin rose through the ranks of the Future Force Foundation Academy to make his Super debut as a 19-year-old in 2012.

He has since gone on to notch 100 Super appearances, 76 of which have been for the Force.

Godwin moved to the Brumbies for a two-year stint at the end of 2016 and then spent time in Ireland before rejoining the Force in 2020.

The 29-year-old, who notched his one and only Test for the Wallabies in 2016, said it was a tough decision to leave his hometown club.

“Leaving them and leaving the boys is one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” Godwin told Clairsy & Lisa on Thursday. “But I just feel that in this point of my career it’s probably the best for me to go forward and embrace a new challenge.”

Lisa chimed in “And living in Lyon isn’t exactly going to be awful.”

Kyle agreed “it’ll be good fun.”

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Catch Kyle while you can – the Force are currently clinging to eighth spot with a 2-6 record, and they face the ladder-leading Blues (8-1) at HBF Park on Friday night.