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By Force Media Unit
The Emirates Western Force has confirmed its 24-man squad for the side’s two-match Super Rugby tour to Wellington and Canberra.
Flanker Angus Cottrell, prop Kieran Longbottom and centre Winston Stanley join the 22 that defeated the Crusaders, 16-14, in Perth on Saturday night, with the exception of front-rower Salesi Ma’afu, who has been sidelined with knee inflammation.
The Force will fly out this afternoon to Wellington where they will face the Hurricanes on Friday (19 April) before heading to Canberra to face the Brumbies on Saturday, 27 April.
2013 Super Rugby – New Zealand/ACT Tour
Hurricanes v Emirates Western Force
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Friday, 19 April 2013
Kick-off: 7.35pm (local)/3.35pm (AWST)
Brumbies v Emirates Western Force
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Saturday, 27 April 2013
Kick-off: 7.40pm (local)/5.40pm (AWST)
Emirates Western Force squad: Chris Alcock, Richard Brown, Angus Cottrell, Pek Cowan, Pat Dellit, Sias Ebersohn, Tetera Faulkner, Kyle Godwin, Jayden Hayward, Matt Hodgson (c), Kieran Longbottom, Toby Lynn, Ben McCalman, Alfie Mafi, Alby Mathewson, Sam Norton-Knight, Junior Rasolea, Mick Snowden, Winston Stanley, Ed Stubbs, Heath Tessmann, Rory Walton, Ben Whittaker, Sam Wykes.
The Western Force return to NIB Stadium for the second time this season and the Honey Badger wants sea of blue fans to “get your carcass on the chair”! In 2014 the Force had a slow start to the season, before finishing off strongly, and they will be hoping for a repeat after winning just one of their opening four matches this season!
The Queensland Reds are struggling with injury and form at present, and they’ve been handed another massive blow this weekend with James O’Connor (leg) & Lachie Turner (concussion) being ruled out. Suffering a 23-5 loss to the NSW Waratahs on the weekend, the Reds will run onto Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night looking to turn their season around after just one win to their name in the opening four rounds coming against the Western Force two weeks ago!