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Injury hit Force make changes for Lions clash



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Western Force Super Rugby head coach Dave Wessels has been forced into making changes to his team for this Saturday’s Super Rugby match against the Lions.

Both Pek Cowan and Brynard Stander return to the starting side after impressive performances off the bench last week.

Former Australian U20s representative Alex Newsome also returns to the starting XV, replacing the injured Luke Morahan (cheekbone).

Curtis Rona slips back into the familiar outside centre jersey as Marcel Brache moves to fullback, replacing Wallaby Dane Haylett-Petty (hamstring).

Exciting Future Force Foundation member James Verity-Amm is set to make his Super Rugby debut on the right wing, becoming the sixth Future Force debutant in club history and the third this season.

In the reserves, Richard Hardwick and Jono Lance will look to bring plenty of tempo when called upon and former Springbok Peter Grant is set to make his first appearance of the season from the bench.

Western Force Head Coach Dave Wessels says the Lions are another exciting challenge for his side and the team will look to bounce back from the match last week.

“The Lions are obviously a very well balanced side with the ability to mix up their attack.

They’ve been together a long time as a team and we’ll need to be at our best if we hope to break them down.”

Last week’s crowd of 14,089 was one of the largest in Australian Super Rugby this year and Wessels says it’s a testament of the incredible support in Western Australia.

“It meant so much to us to have so many of the Sea of Blue at nib Stadium last week and we look forward to seeing them again this Saturday.”

Western Force

1. Pek Cowan , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 3. Tetera Faulkner , 4. Lewis Carmichael , 5. Ross Haylett-Petty , 6. Brynard Stander , 7. Matt Hodgson (C) , 8. Isi Naisarani , 9. Ian Prior , 10. Luke Burton , 11. Alex Newsome , 12. Bill Meakes , 13. Curtis Rona , 14. James Verity-Amm* , 15. Marcel Brache

Replacements : 16. Heath Tessmann (VC) , 17. Ben Daley , 18. Shambeckler Vui , 19. Onehunga Havilli , 20. Richard Hardwick , 21. Mitch Short** , 22. Jono Lance , 23. Peter Grant

*Denotes Super Rugby Debut
**Potential Super Rugby Debut

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