Force welcome back Cummins

Date published: March 5 2015

Wallabies wing Nick Cummins will make his return to the Western Force's starting XV which faces the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday.

Cummins was not included in the Force’s matchday squad last weekend after recovering from recent ankle surgery, however, the 27-year-old is ready to return to the line-up on the left wing.

Fellow winger Marcel Brache will start on the right hand side, with Luke Morahan starting at fullback.

Chris Alcock will also make his comeback this week after he was sidelined with a leg injury sustained against the Reds in Brisbane a fortnight ago.

Alcock comes into the starting line-up on the openside flank, allowing the versatile Brynard Stander to shift to the opposite side of the scrum in place of the injured Angus Cottrell (ankle).

On the Force bench, Ian Prior will play his 50th ASuper Rugby match against the side he played 25 matches for between 2012 and 2013. The reliable scrum-half also played six matches for the Reds, in addition to the 18 matches he has already registered for the Force.

Lock Wilhelm Steenkamp is also set to make his first appearance for the Force during this campaign, replacing Rory Walton on the reserves list.

Western Force: 15 Luke Morahan, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Solomoni Jnr Rasolea, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Steve Mafi, 4 Sam Wykes (c), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Sias Ebersohn, 23 Luke Burton.

Date: Friday, March 6
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Kick-off: 19.40 local (08.40 GMT, 21.40 NZST, 10.40 SAST)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Andrew Lees (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)