Cowan to captain Force

Date published: May 27 2016

The Western Force have made four changes to their side that will face the Rebels in Melbourne on Sunday, with Pek Cowan to captain the side in the absence of Matt Hodgson.

Cowan will captain the side for the fourth time in his career as he makes his first start since returning from a broken arm and replaces Francois Van Wyk in the starting line-up

Hodgson is replaced by Chris Alcock who slots straight back into the starting XV having recovered from a knee injury suffered against the Rebels in the first round of the competition.

In the other changes, Peter Grant returns to the fly-half position while Heath Tessmann and Solomoni Rasolea will both look to make an impact off the bench.

Team: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Luke Morahan, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Guy Millar, 2 Harry Scoble, 1 Pek Cowan (c)
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Francois Van Wyk, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Rory Walton, 20.Angus Cottrell, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Solomoni Rasolea, 23 Semisi Masirewa

Date: Sunday 29 May 2016
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off: 16:05 local (6:05 GMT)
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Referees: Andrew Lees, Michael Hogan 
TMO: George Ayoub