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McMeniman returns for final Force Super rugby trial

Hugh McMeniman has been named in the Force team to play Samoa A

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Article Published: Wednesday 12 February 2014|

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The Western Force have named Hugh McMeniman to make his return from a shoulder injury on Friday in the club's final Super Rugby warm up matches against Pampas XV and Samoa A at ‘The Force Field' (nib Stadium).

McMeniman, who underwent shoulder surgery during 2013, is set to start at lock during the Force A match against Samoa A, with the Western Force to tackle Argentina's Pampas XV in the main game.

The Western Force starting XV is set to feature five of the squad's new recruits, including home-grown Perth products Ollie Hoskins and Zack Holmes, former Emerging Springbok lock Wilhelm Steenkamp, former Western Province outside back Marcel Brache and ex-Queensland Reds and Wallabies flyer Luke Morahan, who scored a double in last week's trial win over Samoa A.

Matt Hodgson will captain the side that also features Wallabies No.8 Ben McCalman and winger Nick Cummins.

The Force will be looking to build upon last week's 69-3 win over Samoa A as they take to the newly resurfaced nib Stadium for the first time in 2014.

The Pampas XV will use the match as part of their preparations for the 2014 Pacific Nations Cup, with their 30-man squad including 18 players with international Test experience.

Western Force Head Coach Michael Foley says both the Pampas XV and Samoa A will provide strong competition for the club ahead of its opening match of the Super Rugby season against the NSW Waratahs in Sydney on Sunday, 23 February.

"Last week was a good start and it's important that we step it up again this week," he said.

"We're most pleased with the discipline we displayed under challenging circumstances. There were noticeable improvements in our contact and game understanding, and it's important we continue to focus on the detail required to ensure we're making the most of the opportunities we create.

"While our attitude in defence was very good, we appreciate that the Pampas XV and Samoa A, with a game under their belt, will pose a far greater challenge this week."

2014 Super Rugby - Pre-Season

Western Force v Pampas XV

The Force Field (nib Stadium), Perth , Friday, 14 February 2014 , Kick-off: 7.30pm

1. Tetera Faulkner , 2. Nathan Charles , 3. Kieran Longbottom/Ollie Hoskins , 4. Sam Wykes , 5. Wilhelm Steenkamp , 6. Angus Cottrell , 7. Matt Hodgson (c) , 8. Ben McCalman , 9. Alby Mathewson , 10. Zack Holmes , 11. Nick Cummins , 12. Kyle Godwin , 13. Junior Rasolea , 14. Marcel Brache , 15. Luke Morahan

Western Force v Samoa A , The Force Field (nib Stadium), Perth , Friday, 14 February 2014 , Kick-off: 5pm

Western Force

1. Pek Cowan , 2. Heath Tessmann (c) , 3. Salesi Manu , 4. Hugh McMeniman , 5. Phoenix Battye , 6. Rory Walton , 7. Chris Alcock , 8. Brynard Stander , 9. Ian Prior , 10. Sias Ebersohn , 11. Ed Stubbs , 12. Luke Burton , 13. Chris Tuatara-Morrison , 14. Patrick Dellit , 15. Jayden Hayward

Replacements : 16. Robbie Abel , 17. Francois van Wyk , 18. Chris Heiberg , 19. Bruce Smith-Wright , 20. Corey Thomas , 21. Richard Hardwick , 22. Kane Koteka , 23. Ryan Louwrens , 24. Dillyn Leyds , 25. Brad Lacey , 26. Dylan Sage , 27. Dane Haylett-Petty

 
 
 
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