Two key inclusions for Force as they look to snap winless start to season

Two key inclusions for Force as they look to snap winless start to season


Looking to snap their losing run with a win at home on Saturday evening, the Western Force have been boosted by the return of Sam Spink and Nic White from injury spells.

Nic White is back in the mix after missing the Force’s clash with Moana Pasifika with a swollen knee. The Wallaby will link up with Ben Donaldson in the halves.

Reigning Nathan Sharpe medallist Spink has also recovered from a calf injury to start at outside centre alongside playmaker Hamish Stewart in the midfield.

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Sprink’s return has led to a big of a backline reshuffle with Bayley Kuenzle shifting to the right wing and Harry Potter moving to fullback.

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Max Burrey and Issak Fines-Leleiwasa have both been moved back to the bench while Super Rugby-winning Crusader Ben Funnell has been called into the matchday squad.

The Western Force have had a tough season to date. After opening their season with a 30-point defeat at home to the Hurricanes, the men from the west couldn’t bounce back against Australian opposition.

Losses to the Force and Brumbies, and then that defeat to Moana Pasifika, have seen the Force anchored to the bottom of the Super Rugby Pacific standings.

“They’re a group of hard-working young athletes over there with a search for some identity,” former Wallaby Justin Harrison explained on Stan Sports’ Rugby Heaven this week.

“Simon Cron came in and talked immediately about the environment and high-performance environment, and having been over there a few times, you look at that training setup and what they’re doing in Western Australia for rugby, it’s absolutely valid what they’re trying to do.

“This last piece now is them coming through that glass ceiling that they have about winning Super Rugby consistently with an identity.

“They’re tough, they’re working hard, but we want them to get a result – we’re desperate for them to get a result.”

But they’ll be up against it in round five, with the Force taking on the high-flying Queensland Reds.

Western Force team to take on Queensland Reds

  1. Ryan Coxon
  2. Tom Horton
  3. Santiago Medrano
  4. Thomas Franklin
  5. Jeremy Williams (c)
  6. Tim Anstee
  7. Carlo Tizzano
  8. Will Harris
  9. Nic White
  10. Ben Donaldson
  11. Chase Tiatia
  12. Hamish Stewart
  13. Sam Spink
  14. Bayley Kuenzle
  15. Harry Potter

Reserves

  1. Ben Funnell
  2. Josh Bartlett
  3. Tiaan Tauakipulu
  4. Lopeti Faifua
  5. Reed Prinsep
  6. Issak Fines-Leleiwasa
  7. Max Burey
  8. George Poolman





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