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Force ring the changes for trip to Brumbies


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Perth based Super Rugby franchise the Western Force have named a team with several changes for their trip to Canberra to take on the Brumbies at GIO Stadium this Friday.

Ross Haylett-Petty comes into the second row, as Wallaby lock Adam Coleman is set to miss  up to five weeks due to a calf injury.

Pek Cowan, Tetera Faulkner and Richard Hardwick all come back into the starting XV after impressive performances off the bench in the 26-19 win over the Queensland Reds last Thursday night.

Future Force Foundation forward Onehunga Havili Kaufusi is in line to make his Super Rugby debut, while new recruit Robbie Coleman has earnt his spot on the bench and could make his Western Force debut against his former club.

Western Force Head Coach Dave Wessels says that the team has worked hard in the lead up to this game and look forward to challenge in the nation’s capital.

“It’s a massive challenge this week,” he said.

“We haven’t beaten the Brumbies since 2013 and we’ve not won back-to-back games since 2014 and although we were very pleased to win our first game at home last week against the Reds, we know we have a lot of improvements to make.

“The Brumbies have been very competitive in their first two games of the year, so we know the challenge that awaits us in Canberra.” ,

Western Force

Western Force Team , , Pek Cowan , Heath Tessmann (C) , Tetera Faulkner , Ross Haylett-Petty , Matt Philip , Brynard Stander , Kane Koteka , Richard Hardwick , Ryan Louwrens , Jono Lance , Luke Morahan , Billy Meakes , Curtis Rona , Chance Peni , Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements : Tatafu Polota-Nau , Ben Daley , Jermaine Ainsley , Onehunga Havili Kaufusi , Isi Naisarani , Michael Ruru , Ian Prior , Robbie Coleman

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