Super Rugby: Western Force v Blues match preview

Last Updated: 26/06/14 10:52am

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Western Force will be buoyed by the return of Ben McCalman and Alby Mathewson for Saturday's clash with the Blues in Perth.

McCalman and Mathewson have both been passed fit and are included in the starting XV as two of six changes.

Hugh McMeniman, Marcel Brache, Tetera Faulkner and Solomoni Rasolea also return to Force side.

Steven Luatua and Francis Saili have been named in the match-day 23 for the Blues.

Luatua replaces the in-form Peter Saili on the blindside, while Saili has recovered from injury to take his place on the bench.

The Blues are also waiting on the fitness of Charlie Faumuina after the tighthead prop went down with a stomach bug. Angus Ta'avao is on standby to start should Faumuina miss out.

Western Force: 15 Hayward, 14 Haylett-Petty, 13 Brache, 12 Tuatara-Morrison, 11 Cummins, 10 Ebersohn, 9 Mathewson, 1 Cowan, 2 Charles, 3 Longbottom, 4 Wykes, 5 Coleman, 6 McMeniman, 7 Hodgson (c), 8 McCalman.
Replacements: 16 Tessmann, 17 Faulkner, 18 Hoskins, 19 Steenkamp, 20 Stander, 21 Prior, 22 Holmes, 23 Rasolea.

Blues: 15 Visinia, 14 Halai, 13 Ahki, 12 Nonu, 11 Moala, 10 West, 9 Hall, 1 Woodcock, 2 Mealamu, 3 Faumuina/Ta'avao, 4 Donnelly, 5 Tuipulotu, 6 Luatua, 7 Braid (c), 8 Kaino.
Replacements: 16 Parsons, 17 Ta'avao/McCartney, 18 Tu'ungafasi, 19 Triggs, 20 Saili, 21 Weepu, 22 Saili, 23 Li

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