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'Honey Badger' returns for the Force against Reds

Nick Cummins has recovered from a neck injury and starts for the Force

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Article Published: Thursday 3 July 2014|

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The Western Force have named Nick Cummins in their Super Rugby team to face the Reds as they look to get back into the top six in the final regular season match at the 'Force Field' (nib Stadium) on Saturday.

The Western Australians will welcome back Nick 'The Honey Badger' Cummins onto the left wing after he missed last weekend's match with a neck complaint suffered during the Wallabies' three-Test series against France.

Cummins will man the wings with Dane Haylett-Petty, while Jayden Hayward completes back three with the fullback scoring the match-winning try in the Force's 32-29 win over the Reds in Brisbane in Week Eight.

The Force will feature a new halves pairing of Ian Prior and Zack Holmes, while Alby Mathewson (hip) and Sias Ebersohn (bicep) have been ruled out through injury.

Prior has already started in six of his 12 appearances for the Force this season, while Holmes earns his third opportunity in the run-on side.

In the Force forward pack, Wilhelm Steenkamp replaces Adam Coleman at lock, while prop Pek Cowan will become the third most-capped player in the club's history on Saturday when he runs out for his 80th Super Rugby match for the Western Force.

The 28-year-old surpasses Richard Brown (79 caps) and sits behind Matt Hodgson (111) and Nathan Sharpe (92) on the all-time list of appearances for the club.

Head Coach Michael Foley says his side will be looking for a fitting final home performance of the regular season in front of the club's 'Sea of Blue'.

"We've loved playing at home this season and our supporters are an important part of what makes it so special" he said.

"This weekend we're looking for a performance that not only allows us to reach the goals we've set ourselves as a team, but provides a fitting performance for our fans who keep fronting for us.

"We know that the key to achieving that is our attitude.

"Irrespective of the situation in the game - attack, defence, the battle at the breakdown, our desire to win every moment and our willingness to work for each other - will always make the biggest difference."

Western Force

1. Pek Cowan ,2. Nathan Charles,3. Kieran Longbottom,4. Sam Wykes,5. Wilhelm Steenkamp,6. Hugh McMeniman,7. Matt Hodgson (c),8. Ben McCalman,9. Ian Prior,10. Zack Holmes,11. Nick Cummins ,12. Chris Tuatara-Morrison,13. Marcel Brache,14. Dane Haylett-Petty,15. Jayden Hayward

Replacements : 16. Heath Tessmann,17. Tetera Faulkner ,18. Oliver Hoskins,19. Adam Coleman ,20. Brynard Stander,21. Justin Turner,22. Dillyn Leyds,23. Solomoni Rasolea

 
 
 
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