Alcock to start for Force

Date published: April 16 2015

Flanker Chris Alcock will play his 50th Super Rugby game when the Western Force host the Stormers in Perth on Saturday.

The 26-year-old has played 25 times for the Waratahs, and on 24 occasions for the Force since joining the club ahead of the 2013 season.

Alcock replaces Kane Koteka, who has been sidelined after suffering concussion in last weekend's match against the Cheetahs, while the remainder of the starting XV is the same.

On the bench, former Australian U20 representative Ross Haylett-Petty is set to make his Super Rugby debut.

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Luke Burton, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Steve Mafi, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Wykes (c), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Marcel Brache.

Date: Saturday, April 18
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 19.45 (11:45 GMT, 23:45 NZST, 13:45 SAST)
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Referees: Andrew Lees, Will Houston
TMO: Ian Smith