Hodgson back to face Reds

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:24

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Western Force have made several changes for their Round 14 all-Aussie derby with the Reds in Brisbane Friday.

It includes the return of franchise legend Matt Hodgson.

Francois van Wyk and Heath Tessmann return to the starting front row, as Pek Cowan and Tatafu Polota-Nau are set to provide impact off the bench.

Up-and-coming lock Matt Philip comes into the starting second row, after a strong showing off the bench last week.

Michael Ruru will start at scrumhalf after an impressive performance last week in his return from an ankle injury suffered in Round Nine against the Kings.

Foundation member James Verity-Amm will start on the right wing, while Marcel Brache will marshal the troops from fullback in his return from concussion.

Mitchell Short and Luke Burton have been included on the bench.

Western Force: 15 Marcel Brache, 14 James Verity-Amm, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Bill Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Michael Ruru, 8 Isireli Naisarani, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Francois van Wyk.
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Mitchell Short, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Luke Morahan.

Date: Friday, May 26
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 19.45 (17.45 AWST; 09.45)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

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