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    Force name new skipper for Crusaders

    2017-03-22 09:04

    Cape Town - Western Force head coach Dave Wessels has rung the changes to their starting line-up to take on the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday.

    In the pack, Ben Daley comes back into the starting loosehead position, with Pek Cowan moving to the bench, Wallaby hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau earns his first start and Isireli Naisarani is set to make his run-on Super Rugby debut at blindside flanker. 

    Tighthead prop Jermaine Ainsley also returns to the starting XV.

    Experienced utility back Marcel Brache makes his first appearance of the season at inside centre. Luke Morahan shifts to full-back with young outside back Alex Newsome named on the right wing for his maiden start.

    Flyhalf Jono Lance has been named to captain the Force for the first time and becomes the 11th player to skipper the West Australian side.

    Club legend Matt Hodgson will make his return from a hamstring injury off the bench while 208cm lock Richie Arnold (twin brother of Wallabies lock Rory) is in line for his long awaited debut.

    Teams:

    Crusaders

    15 David Havili, 14 Digby Ioane, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Scott Barrett, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett

    Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Mitchell Dunshea, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Manasa Mataele

    Western Force

    15 Luke Morahan, 14 Alex Newsome, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Chance Peni, 10 Jono Lance (captain), 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Richard Hardwick, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Isi Naisarani, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Ben Daley 

    Substitutes: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Matt Hodgson, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Robbie Coleman

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