Force change 4 for Bulls

March 1, 2013 0
The Emirates Western Force has made four changes to its starting XV to tackle the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday night. Lock Toby Lynn, prop Salesi Ma’afu and back-rower Richard Brown all return to the run-on side while former Baby Bok flyhalf Sias Ebersohn will make his first start in the ‘10’ jersey for the…

Serfontein on Bulls bench

February 27, 2013 2
Vodacom Bulls lock Flip van der Merwe will play in his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby match when his team takes on the Western Force at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. Van der Merwe has played six of those for the Toyota Cheetahs whilst still a student in Bloemfontein and the commerce graduate has since reeled off…

Kings name team for Force

February 19, 2013 9
The Kings have named their team for their debut match in Super Rugby this weekend against the Force. “As you can see the starting line-up is the same to the warm up game against the Griquas,” said director of rugby, Alan Solomons. “There are no major injuries, aside from Michael Killian with his broken arm…

Cowan to captain Force in opener

February 14, 2013 1
Front row stalwart Pek Cowan will captain the new-look Emirates Western Force in their 2013 Super Rugby season opener against the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Friday night. Cowan stands in for regular skipper Matt Hodgson, who has been ruled out of the match with a minor hamstring injury. The 26-year-old becomes the seventh…

Rebels team announced for Super Rugby opener

February 12, 2013 2
The RaboDirect Rebels have announced their side for their opening match against the Western Force at AAMI Park this Friday, with six new faces in the squad of 22. Melbourne will host the opening match of the 2013 Super Rugby Competition, in what will be the biggest year in the history of Rugby Union in…

Force team for Lions announced

May 24, 2012 0
The clash against former coach John Mitchell’s Lions will see just two changes to the starting 15 with Nick Cummins returning from injury and Alfie Mafi back in the side after an electrifying performance against the Rebels last week. Cummins returns on the wing after a week’s rest to recover from a quadriceps strain and…

No changes for Force

May 10, 2012 1
The Emirates Western Force have named an unchanged line-up to attack the Sharks in Durban this Saturday with the side eager to finish their South African tour with a win. Emirates Western Force forwards coach Nick Stiles said the team had put the disappointment of the four point loss to the Cheetahs behind them and…

Sharks unchanged for Force

May 10, 2012 0
The Sharks have the rare good fortune of being able to name an unchanged matchday 22 for Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby showdown with the Force at Kings Park, according to Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick. Sport24 This is the first time this season that coach John Plumtree has been able to retain the same 22 that…

Minimum changes to Force side

May 4, 2012 0
The Emirates Western Force has named a relatively unchanged side for their clash against the Cheetahs on Saturday evening in Bloemfontein with Richard Brown and Sam Wara elevated to the run on side from the bench. Brown slots into the blindside flanker role while Matt Hodgson moves to No. 8 replacing Ben McCalman who hasn’t…

Now Genia stays with Reds

April 30, 2012 1
Champion halfback and Queensland Reds vice-captain Will Genia has recommitted to Queensland Rugby until the end of season 2015, subject to ARU protocols. Genia confirmed his desire to remain with the Reds after revisiting earlier discussions with CEO Jim Carmichael, Chairman Rod McCall and Head Coach Ewen McKenzie on Sunday afternoon and expressing his strong…

Genia off to the Force

April 28, 2012 1
Queensland Rugby is disappointed it will farewell champion halfback and Reds vice-captain Will Genia at the end of the season, after he agreed to terms with the Western Force. Release Genia will be leaving the team he helped to a Super Rugby title in 2011 to join the Perth-based franchise from season 2013. The 24-year-old…

Force team to tackle Stormers

April 26, 2012 0
The Emirates Western Force will welcome back dynamic winger Napolioni Nalaga from injury as they set themselves for a clash against leading South African side the Stormers in Perth on Saturday. The big Fijian International comes straight into the run-on side and his return is timely given a wrist injury to Cameron Shepherd which will…

Bekker to captain Stormers

April 25, 2012 5
The DHL Stormers were forced into a number of changes for their match against the Force this weekend. Andries Bekker has been declared fit and will lead the side from lock but he has lost his regular lock partner, Etzebeth, who did not recover from a shoulder injury. With Koster being the latest player to…

Waratahs unchanged

April 11, 2012 1
Benn Robinson will lead an unchanged HSBC Waratahs side for the third match running as NSW today travel to Perth for a crucial clash with the Western Force. “It took a number of weeks to get this 22 together,” said Head Coach Michael Foley.  “In our performance against the Sharks, we showed what we are…

Reds change a couple for Force

March 28, 2012 0
Queensland Reds openside flanker Liam Gill earns his second starting opportunity of 2012 while outside back Joel Rapana will make his Queensland provincial debut at outside centre in Saturday's round six Super Rugby clash against the Western Force in Perth (kickoff 8:40pm AEST). Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has made five personnel changes to the starting…
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