Reinforcements back to Host Highlanders

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The Road Safety Western Force have welcomed back into the side a host of players for the huge clash with the Highlanders at the Force Field this Saturday, 20 May kicking off at 5:45 pm AWST.

Tatafu Polota-Nau returns as the starting hooker jersey after missing the Jaguares match last week. Jermaine Ainsley will start at tighthead after recovering from an elbow injury he suffered against the Crusaders in Round Five.

Brynard Stander is the only change in the back row, as the ferocious ball runner is set to start at openside flank.

Veteran Peter Grant will start at fly-half after an impressive performance in Buenos Aires last week. Jono Lance will miss the game with an injured hand.

In the back three, Luke Morahan returns from a fractured cheekbone and will start at fullback.

In the reserves, Anaru Rangi and Tetera Faulkner will look to bring plenty of impact off the bench, along with locks Lewis Carmichael and Matt Philip who makes his return from an injured foot. Michael Ruru is the last inclusion in the reserves, returning from an ankle injury he suffered in Round 7 against the Kings.

Road Safety Western Force Head Coach says the endeavour shown in Argentina was pleasing, and just reward for a tough performance, but his side will need to be back on task against an in-form Highlanders side.

“Our performance in Argentina was built on the back of our intensity in our preparation. Our challenge is to match that again this week. We’re excited to be back at home in front of the Sea of Blue.”

Road Safety Western Force Team v Highlanders

  1. Pek Cowan
  2. Tatafu Polota-Nau
  3. Jermaine Ainsley
  4. Richie Arnold
  5. Adam Coleman
  6. Ross Haylett-Petty
  7. Brynard Stander
  8. Richard Hardwick
  9. Ian Prior
  10. Peter Grant
  11. Alex Newsome
  12. Bill Meakes
  13. Curtis Rona
  14. Semisi Masirewa
  15. Luke Morahan


  1. Anaru Rangi
  2. Francois van Wyk
  3. Tetera Faulkner
  4. Matt Philip
  5. Lewis Carmichael
  6. Isireli Naisarani
  7. Michael Ruru

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