Coleman to captain as Force face Rebels

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by Beth Newman

Adam Coleman will captain the Force for the first time on Friday night, against the Rebels.

Coleman will become the club's 13th captain and its fourth this year, after Heath Tessmann, Matt Hodgson and Jono Lance skippered throughout the season.

The lock has stepped up in his leadership off the back of a debut Super Rugby season and showed that added maturity for the Wallabies in June, setting the tone for the side.

Hodgson will miss the match with a calf injury, with Richard Hardwick set to replace him at seven, the spot that the Wallabies see in his future.

Chance Peni will make his return from a groin injury, that was initially thought would be season-ending, 

Force coach Dave Wessels said the side was looking forward to its first full hitout since May.

“It’s been great to have a few weeks of dedicated training time to work on our game. We’ve worked hard on elements of our set piece and bringing more variation to our attack.

“It looks like the rain is going to hold off on Friday so we’re looking forward to an exciting game from both sides.”

The Force hosts the Rebels on Friday night, kicking off at 7:45pm AEST LIVE on FOX SPORTS and via RUGBY.com.au RADIO.

TEAM

Force team to play the Rebels

IN: Matt Philip, Jono Lance, Chance Peni, Brynard Stander, Ian Prior

OUT: Marcel Brache (internationals), Luke Burton, Mitch Short, Richie Arnold, Matt Hodgson

1. Pek Cowan

2. Tatafu Polota-Nau

3. Jermaine Ainsley

4. Matt Philip

5. Adam Coleman (C)

6. Ross Haylett-Petty

7. Richard Hardwick

8. Isi Naisarani

9. Michael Ruru

10. Peter Grant

11. Alex Newsome

12. Bill Meakes

13. Curtis Rona

14. Chance Peni

15. Dane Haylett-Petty

Reserves

16. Heath Tessmann

17. Francois van Wyk

18. Tetera Faulkner

19. Lewis Carmichael

20. Brynard Stander

21. Ian Prior

22. Jono Lance

23. James Verity-Amm

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