Force name Cowan amongst replacements

Date published: May 19 2016

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The Force have made a number of changes to the matchday 23 that will host the Blues in Perth on Saturday.

Ben Tapuai comes in for Solomoni Rasolea in the outside centre position in the only change in the starting XV.

Pek Cowan is set to return for the first time since Round Seven, should he come off the bench, after being sidelined due to injury. 

The 29-year-old prop, who broke his arm in the 20-19 loss to the Crusaders, replaces Chris Heiberg amongst the replacements.

Castres-bound Steve Mafi makes way for Rory Walton on the bench while South African-born pivot Peter Grant misses out on selection as Luke Burton gets the nod.

Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Luke Morahan, 10 Ian Prior, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (capt), 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Guy Millar, 2 Harry Scoble, 1 Francois van Wyk. 
Replacements: 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Rory Walton, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Semisi Masirewa

Date: Saturday, May 21
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 17:45 local (09:45 GMT)
Referee: Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant Referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Jordan Way
TMO: Peter Marshall

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