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Coleman to lead the Force against Rebels

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 03: Dane Haylett-Petty, Matt Hodgson and Adam Coleman of the Force look on after a Hurricanes try during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Force and the Hurricanes at nib Stadium on June 3, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Perth based Super Rugby franchise the Western Force have named their team to play the Melbourne Rebels at nib Stadium this Friday.

Adam Coleman is set to start in the second row and will captain the side for the first time and become the 13th Western Force captain.

Wallaby hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau returns from National duties and will have Pek Cowan and Jermaine Ainsley beside him in the front row.

Recent Wallaby debutant Richard Hardwick will start in the number seven jersey and link up with fellow local product Ross Haylett-Petty and Fijian excitement machine Isi Naisarani.

In the backline, speedster Chance Peni returns from a lengthy period on the sideline due to a groin injury and will be looking to pick up where he left off.

In the reserves, Brynard Stander comes into the side and will provide plenty of impact in the forward pack, while classy flyhalf Jono Lance is back after a broken hand and is set to play his 50th match of Super Rugby.

Western Force Head Coach Dave Wessels says that his team are ready for a fired-up Rebels squad and looks forward to an exciting game of rugby.

“It’s been great to have a few weeks of dedicated training time to work on our game. We’ve worked hard on elements of our set piece and bringing more variation to our attack.

“It looks like the rain is going to hold off on Friday so we’re looking forward to an exciting game from both sides.”

Western Force

Pek Cowan , Tatafu Polota-Nau , Jermaine Ainsley , Matt Philip , Adam Coleman (C) , Ross Haylett-Petty , Richard Hardwick , Isi Naisarani , Michael Ruru , Peter Grant , Alex Newsome , Bill Meakes , Curtis Rona , Chance Peni , Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements : Heath Tessmann , Francois van Wyk , Tetera Faulkner , Lewis Carmichael , Brynard Stander , Ian Prior , Jono Lance , James Verity-Amm