TEAM NEWS: Prior returns for Force-Malaysia clash

Rapid Rugby
by staff

Western Force skipper Ian Prior will make his Rapid Rugby comeback against the Malaysia Valke on Friday night in Perth.

Prior has missed three months with a pectoral injury but has been cleared to play the final game of the Force's Rapid Rugby season.

Force coach Tim Sampson is trialling a number of rookies in the game, including former Manly Sea Eagles player Halaufa Lavaka on the bench.

Sampson said the match would be a good chance for their rising stars to step up.

"The game will be a great experience and opportunity for our younger emerging talent who have come through the Western Australian pathway systems,” he said.

“The Malaysia Valke are a team who throws the ball around and play to their strengths out wide where they have a lot of speed. They will also challenge us through the middle of the field with their big pack.”

Sampson said Lavaka, who returns from a religious mission, had shown positive signs since joining the group a fortnight ago.

“Hala has completed a two-year Mormon mission and is very committed to reigniting his professional career. He only joined us a couple of weeks ago and is showing some promising signs”.

The match against the Valke is the last of the Force's Rapid Rugby season though the WA side will play in the upcoming NRC as well.

The Force take on the Maylasia Valke on Friday August 9 at hbf Park, Perth, kicking off at 6:30pm local, 8:30pm AEST.


Force to face Malaysia Valke

1. Cameron Orr

2. Feleti Kaitu'u

3. Tom Sheminant

4. Jeremy Thrush

5. Fergus Lee Warner

6. Tevin Ferris

7. Carlo Tizzano

8. Brynard Stander

9. Issak Fines

10. Andrew Deegan

11. Rod Davies

12. Rodney Iona

13. Nick Jooste

14. Jonah Placid

15. Jack McGregor


16. Heath Tessmann

17. Harrison Lloyd

18. Chris Heiberg

19. Ben Grant

20. Jackson Pugh

21 Ian Prior

22. Chris Miller

23. Leon Feke

24. Halaufa Lavaka

25. Ollie Callan

26. Dom Hardman