FIVE CHANGES FOR THE TEAM TO TAKE ON THE REBELS

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Western Force head coach Tim Sampson has named his team to take on the Melbourne Rebels at HBF Park on Friday, April 8 with five changes made to the starting line-up.

After spending the better half of the week at Wallabies Camp Feleti Kaitu’u and Izack Rodda will both start on the bench.

Andrew Ready will play as starting hooker, with Fergus Lee-Warner moving to lock and Tim Anstee starting as flanker. After winning the fan-voted Player of the Match award last week, Kane Koteka will continue as flanker alongside Anstee.

Young flyhalf Reesjan Pasitoa will also return to the starting line-up with Jake McIntyre moving to the bench.

Winger Byron Ralston will start in the 14 jersey as Toni Pulu completes HIA protocols after a head knock against the Brumbies two weeks ago.

Just two games shy of his 100th Super Rugby Appearance (set to play against the Waratahs next week), Kyle Godwin will be the run-on captain with former All Black lock Jeremy Thrush as vice-captain.

Western Australian talent Brad Lacey joins the team at number 23 for his first appearance of the season after missing most of last year due to injuries.

Full Team:
1.Harrison Lloyd, 2. Andrew Ready, 3. Santiago Medrano, 4. Jeremy Thrush, 5. Fergus Lee-Warner, 6. Tim Anstee, 7. Kane Koteka, 8. Brynard Stander, 9. Ian Prior 10. Reesjan Pasitoa, 11. Manasa Mataele, 12. Bayley Kuenzle, 13.Kyle Godwin, 14. Bryon Ralston, 15. Jake Strachan.

RESERVES:
16. Feleti Kaitu’u, 17. Bo Abra, 18. Greg Holmes, 19. Izack Rodda, 20. Ollie Callan, 21. Issak Fines-Leleiwasa 22. Jake McIntyre, 23. Richard Kahui.

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