25 May 2011

Ripia to miss homecoming but Fairbrother late call up

12:28 pm on 25 May 2011

There'll be no homecoming for former Hurricanes first-five-eighth Willie Ripia, with the Western Force player ruled out of the Super rugby match against his former side in Palmerston North on Friday.

Ripia, who has a calf injury, is one of several injured players missing from the Force backline including Wallaby international James O'Connor.

Although former Hurricanes prop Tim Fairbrother has been called into the squad.