Big boost for Western Force against Sharks

Thu, May 4, 2017, 7:27 AM
Beth Newman
by Beth Newman
Adam Coleman is set to make his return to Super Rugby on Saturday night. Photo: Getty Images
Adam Coleman is set to make his return to Super Rugby on Saturday night. Photo: Getty Images

Adam Coleman will play his first Super Rugby match in more than two months this weekend, when the Force take on the Sharks.

Coleman injured his calf in the Force's win over the Reds in round two, sitting out the next nine weeks as he recovered.

The 25-year-old will partner with Ross Haylett-Petty in the second row in Durban, while Scottish recruit Lewis Carmichael shifts to the bench.

Jono Lance is back in the run-on flyhalf spot over Luke Burton, with Ben Daley the only other change, ruled out with injury, replaced by Francois van Wyk.

The Force are looking to keep their Super Rugby finals chances alive with a win in hostile Durban. 

Jono Lance scored 13 points for the Force in Sydney. Photo: Getty ImagesHooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will notch his 150th match this weekend, putting him among the highest-capped Super Rugby players.

“We were very disappointed not to win against the Lions. We need to learn to put 80 minutes together if we want to be consistently competitive," he said.

“It’s great to have Adam back and special to be part of ‘Taf’s’ 150th game.

"It’s a really fantastic achievement from a guy who  has given a lot to Australian rugby. He’s added a huge amount to our group with his physicality and enthusiasm.”

The Force take on the Sharks on Saturday night, kicking off at 11:05pm AEST, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and via radio on


IN: Francois Van Wyk, Adam Coleman

OUT: Ben Daley, Onehunga Havilli

1. Pek Cowan

2. Tatafu Polata Nau

3. Tetera Faulkner

4. Ross Haylett-Petty

5. Adam Coleman

6. Brynard Stander

7. Matt Hodgson ©

8. Isireli Naisarani

9. Ian Prior

10. Jono Lance

11. Alex Newsome

12. Billy Meakes

13. Curtis Rona

14. James Verity-Amm

15. Marcel Brache


16. Heath Tessmann

17. Francios Van Wyk

18. Shambeckler Vui

19. Lewis Carmichael

20. Richard Hardwick

21. Mitchell Short

22. Luke Burton

23. Peter Grant

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