Haylett-Petty returns for Force

Date published: May 21 2015

Full-back Dane Haylett-Petty will return to the Western Force's starting XV when they face the Highlanders in Perth on Saturday.

Haylett-Petty is back his regular role in the 15 jersey after being a late omission in the Force's last match against the Waratahs with a groin injury.

Outside back Marcel Brache, who started on the wing against the Waratahs, will start at outside centre against the New Zealanders, linking with Kyle Godwin in the midfield, who will shift to the '12' jersey in place of the injured Solomoni Jnr Rasolea (ankle).

On the bench, lock Sam Wykes is set to make his return from a foot injury that has sidelined him for three matches.

Local winger Brad Lacey is set to make his Super Rugby debut, having also represented the Australian U20 team at last year's IRB Junior World Championship, and progressed through the Perth Spirit in the 2014 National Rugby Championship.

Lacey becomes the 10th local player to represent the Western Force in 2015.

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (c), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Steve Mafi, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Guy Millar, 19 Sam Wykes, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Alby Mathewson, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Brad Lacey.

Date: Saturday, 23 May
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 19:45 local (11:45 GMT, 21:45 AEST, 23:45 NZST, 13:45 SAST)
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Graham Cooper
TMO: Ian Smith