Force's tall timber ready for Jaguares attack

Thu, 11 May 2017 07:25
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Western Force head coach Dave Wessels has made several rotational changes to the matchday 23 that will take on the Jaguares in Buenos Aires in Argentina on Saturday.

Loosehead prop Francois van Wyk moves into the starting jumper for the first time this season, while captain Heath Tessmann has 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 flank position, Force Foundation member Onehunga Havili will make his run-on debut at openside flank 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: 15 Peter Grant, 14 Semisi Masirewa, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Richard Hardwick, 7 Onehunga Havili, 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Richie Arnold, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Heath Tessmann (captain), 1 Francios van Wyk.
Replacements: 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.

Date: Saturday, May 13
Venue: Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires
Kick-off: 18.40 (21.40 GMT; 05.40 AWST, Sunday, May 14)
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Juan Sylvestre (Argentina), Jose Covasi (Argentina)
TMO: Santiago Borsani (Argentina)

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