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    Force name team to tackle Kings

    2017-04-07 09:08

    Cape Town - The Western Force have made just one change to their starting XV for Sunday’s Super Rugby clash against the Southern Kings in Perth.

    Scrumhalf Michael Ruru is the only change to the side this week and will make his starting debut, replacing the injured Ryan Louwrens.

    The experience of co-captains Ben McCalman and Heath Tessmann will provide a huge boost for the team off the bench. While also among the reserves, local product Luke Burton is set to for his first match of the season after returning from injury. Also, Curtis Rona has recovered from the concussion he suffered against the Crusaders and will wear jersey 23.

    Head coach Dave Wessels says they excited to be playing back at home, and look forward to putting in a good performance against the Kings.

    "It's great to be back at home this week - only the second time in our first six games. We learnt some valuable lessons in New Zealand, particularly around our discipline and concentration in big moments," he said.

    "We definitely want to put in a performance that will make the people of Western Australia proud."

    Sunday’s clash is scheduled for 08:05 (SA time).

    Teams:

    Force

    15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Chance Peni, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Michael Ruru, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Richie Arnold, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Ben Daley

    Substitutes: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Richard Hardwick, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Curtis Rona

    Kings

    15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje (captain), 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Andisa Ntsila, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Schalk van der Merwe
     
    Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Justin Forwood, 19 Mzwanele Zito, 20 Tyler Paul, 21 Rick Schroeder, 22 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23 Masixole Banda/Wandile Mjekevu

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