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Super Rugby AU Preview – Force v Rebels

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It is round 5 of Super Rugby AU this weekend and to start things on Friday, the Force will take on the Rebels.

On Saturday the Brumbies and Reds will face-off in which will be a top of the table clash at the GIO Stadium.

The Brumbies are leading the pack at the moment with the Reds chasing them in second place on the log.

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The Force have not won a game so far in the revamp Australian Super Rugby competition. Last week they went down 24-0 against the Brumbies

The Rebels had a better weekend, beating the Waratahs 29-10. They are third on the log and still in with a chance.

The Force has welcome back their regular captain Ian Prior for this clash with a few other changes as well for them this weekend.

In the midfield we will see Richard Kahui and Kyle Godwin. Godwin gets his promotion to the starting XV this weekend which will see Brache moving to the wing and Lacey going to the bench.

Prior replace Frisby at nine and in the pack Heiberg gets the nod at loosehead.

For the Rebels Isi Naisarani will be earning his 50th Super Rugby cap after he recovered from a hamstring injury.

Former Bristol Bears Tom Pincus will make his Super Rugby debut on the wing.

We also see Esei Haangana gets his chance starting at lock. Wilkin will also make a return to Super Rugby and will get his chance from the bench later in the match.

Prediction: Rebels should take this one, Rebels by 12

Teams:

Force: 15 Jack McGregor, 14 Byron Ralston, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Richard Kahui, 11 Marcel Brache, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ian Prior (captain), 8 Brynard Stander, 7 Tevin Ferris, 6 Henry Stowers, 5 Fergus Lee-Warner, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Feleti Kaitu’u, 1 Chris Heiberg

Substitutes: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tom Sheminant, 19 Johan Bardoul, 20 Ollie Callan, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Henry Taefu, 23 Brad Lacey

Rebels: 15 Reece Hodge (co-captain), 14 Tom Pincus, 13 Andrew Kellaway, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt Toomua (co-captain), 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Michael Wells, 5 Trevor Hosea, 4 Esei Haangana, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Cameron Orr

Substitutes: 16 Efitusi Ma’afu, 17 Cabous Eloff, 18 Pone Fa’amaluli, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Brad Wilkin, 22 Frank Lomani, 23 Andrew Deegan

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