Force name Cottrell at eight

Date published: June 11 2015

The Force have confirmed their line-up for Friday's Super Rugby game against the Melbourne Rebels, with Angus Cottrell starting at number eight.

Cottrell will start at the back of the scrum in place of Ben McCalman, after the Wallabies number eight was ruled out with a fractured cheekbone sustained in last weekend's match against the Brumbies. 

Cottrell's position on the blindside flank will be taken by Chris Alcock, who returns for his sixth appearance in the run-on side for 2015.

Steve Mafi returns to the starting line-up in place of lock Adam Coleman, who will miss the match after sustaining a broken toe during the week. Mafi will pack down alongside Sam Wykes, who is set to play his 87th and final match for the Force before heading to play in the Japanese Top League.

In the front-row, Tetera Faulkner has been reinstated in the starting tighthead prop role.

Prop Oliver Hoskins, lock Wilhelm Steenkamp and back-rower Brynard Stander all return to the matchday squad as part of an extended bench, while Patrick Dellit is also in line to play his final match for the Western Australian squad. Dellit has represented the Force on 40 occasions in his five seasons with the club.

Head Coach Michael Foley says the Force will be looking to finish the season on a high.

"This will be the last opportunity this team has to play together," he said. 

"On that basis, it's a great chance to farewell our departing players and the last chance we'll have this season to thank our supporters for their ongoing loyalty throughout a tough season.

"The guys have continued to prepare well this week and are keen to rip in and leave nothing on the field in our final game this season."

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Angus Cottrell, 7 Matt Hodgson (c), 6 Chris Alcock, 5 Steve Mafi, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements (one to be omitted): 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Guy Millar, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Patrick Dellit, 24 Oliver Hoskins.

Date: Friday, June 12
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off: 19:40 local (09:40 GMT, 21:40 NZST, 11:40 SAST)
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant referees: James Leckie, Ed Martin
TMO: Peter Marshall