26 May 2011

Six changes to Western Force side

6:22 am on 26 May 2011

The Western Force Coach Richard Graham has made six changes to the starting 15 for tomorrow night's super rugby clash with the Hurricanes in Palmerston North

Five have been forced by injury but Graham's been able to maintain most of his impresive forward pack, including the all-Wallaby backrow of Matt Hodgson, David Pocock and Ben McCalman.

Regular first-five Willie Ripia, utility back James O'Connor, halfback Brett Sheehan, centre Gene Fairbanks and prop Pek Cowan are all out of last week's side.

Most of the changes are in the backs where there's a new halfback first-five pairing of James Stannard and Mark Swanepoel, while the former Wellington and Hurricanes prop Tim Fairbrother returns .