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Wessels rotates the Force for Jaguares



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Western Force Super Rugby head coach Dave Wessels has rotated his players for this weekend’s match in Buenos Aires against the Jaguares.

Loosehead prop Francois van Wyk moves into the starting jumper for the first time this season, while club captain Heath Tessmann has earnt his fourth start of the season at hooker.

It’s taken over 18 months, but finally for the first time we will see Adam Coleman and Richie Arnold starting in the second row together, combining to be one of the tallest lock combinations in Super Rugby.

Ross Haylett-Petty moves to the blindside flanker position, Future Force Foundation member Onehunga Havili will make his run-on debut at openside flanker and Richard Hardwick rounds out the forward pack changes in the No. 8 jersey.

Changes in the backline see Semisi Masirewa come in for his first game of the season and veteran Peter Grant slots into fullback for his first start of 2017.

Anaru Rangi is the only new face on the bench, as the big New Zealander is set to come on for his second match of the season at reserve hooker.

Western Force captain Heath Tessmann says that the Jaguares are an exciting team to watch and pose threats all over the park providing a good challenge for the men from the West.

“We’re really excited to be playing the Jaguares in Argentina, but we know that we need to improve on last weekend’s performance.

“The Jaguares play a dangerous style of play and we will need to play a full 80 minutes to take the four points.”

Western Force

1. Francios van Wyk,2. Heath Tessmann (C) ,3. Tetera Faulkner,4. Richie Arnold,5. Adam Coleman,6. Ross Haylett-Petty,7. Onehunga Havili,8. Richard Hardwick,9. Ian Prior,10. Jono Lance,11. Alex Newsome,12. Billy Meakes,13. Curtis Rona,14. Semisi Masirewa,15. Peter Grant

Replacementss : 16. Anaru Rangi,17. Pek Cowan ,18. Shambeckler Vui,19. Lewis Carmichael,20. Brynard Stander,21. Isireli Naisarani,22. Mitchell Short ,23. James Verity-Amm

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