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McMeniman returns to face Waratahs

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Lock/back-rower Hugh McMeniman will make his return from a shoulder injury on Sunday afternoon (4pm AEST) when the Emirates Western Force takes on the NSW Waratahs at nib Stadium.
McMeniman suffered a fracture in his shoulder during the side’s Week Eight clash against the Melbourne Rebels in Perth with Sunday’s match marking his first match in nine weeks.
The 29-year-old will make his comeback at blindside flanker as part of a revamped Western Australian forward pack that features lock Rory Walton’s run-on debut and Angus Cottrell’s return to the starting side at No.8. Cottrell replaces Ben McCalman, who was called into the Wallabies squad for the Test series against the British & Irish Lions.
Loosehead prop Pek Cowan will again assume the captaincy of the side, with Matt Hodgson starting off the bench after leading the side against the British & Irish Lions on Wednesday night. Sunday’s match will be the fourth time Cowan has led the side having previously skippered against the Rebels in Melbourne, Reds in Brisbane and the Cheetahs in Perth this season.
The Force has retained the same backline that helped defeat the Highlanders, 19-18, in their last Super Rugby outing.
The Emirates Western Force bench features seven members of the starting XV from Wednesday night’s match against the British & Irish Lions.
“This week has been a big week for the squad and the organisation and we’re looking to finish it well against NSW tomorrow,” Head Coach Michael Foley said. “We’ve continued take big steps as a team this season and it’s important that we put together a strong performance leading into the mid-year break.
“We were pleased with our ability to hold a dangerous Highlanders try-less and that will again need to be a feature of our performance against a strong Waratahs outfit.
“It’s great to have Hugh back, who has made such a big contribution to this side this season, and it’s a much deserved opportunity for Rory Walton, who receives his first start in the run-on side after seven consistent performances off the bench.”

2013 Super Rugby – Week 17
Emirates Western Force v NSW Waratahs
nib Stadium, Perth             
Sunday, 9 June 2013
Kick-off: 2.05pm
1. Pek Cowan (c)
2. Heath Tessmann
3. Kieran Longbottom
4. Rory Walton
5. Sam Wykes
6. Hugh McMeniman
7. Chris Alcock
8.  Angus Cottrell
9. Alby Mathewson
10. Sias Ebersohn
11. Junior Rasolea
12. Kyle Godwin
13. Ben Jacobs
14. Patrick Dellit
15. Jayden Hayward
16. James Hilterbrand
17. Salesi Ma’afu
18. Toby Lynn
19. Matt Hodgson
20. Brett Sheehan
21. Ed Stubbs
22. Sam Norton-Knight


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