For the third date of the Super Rugby Australia, this Friday Western Force visits Reds, in a game that can be seen live from 6.05 on ESPN Play.
The head coach of the West team, Tim Sampson, opted for the same 15 players who started in the fall of the previous date against Waratahs by 23-14 and will only make one modification between the substitutes.
Second Line Ollie Atkins, who returned to Perth in June after a successful four seasons with English Exeter, will take Johan Bardoul’s place among the reserves.
It is worth remembering that, in what his return to Super Rugby after three years meant, last weekend Force had surprised with a great first half: he went to break 14-7 up against the powerful team he has among his figures to Michael Hooper.
Both Sampson and scrum half and captain Ian Prior were very excited to return to Queensland for the long-awaited match this Friday.
“We have fond memories of rugby in Brisbane and Queensland, so going there and getting a win would undoubtedly be a motivation for the rest of the competition,” said the coach.
And the leader who has the Western team on the court, added: “They have a coach (Brad Thorn) who puts a lot of emphasis on the physical aspect and energy. On the other hand, they have many young people who have developed very well so it will be a nice challenge. “
Western Force: 15 Jack McGregor, 14 Byron Ralston, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Nick Jooste, 11 Brad Lacey, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ian Prior (c), 8 Brynard Stander, 7 Tevin Ferris, 6 Henry Stowers, 5 Fergus Lee- Warner, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Feleti Kaitu’u, 1 Angus Wagner.
Substitutes: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Ollie Atkins, 20 Ollie Callen, 21 Jacob Abel, 22 Henry Taefu, 23 Kyle Godwin.
Place: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
Referee: Nic Berry.
Assistant referees: Damon Murphy, Jordan Way.
TMO: Brett Cronan.