Coleman starts for the Force against Waratahs

The Western Force have named their team to play reigning Super Rugby champions the Waratahs at at the ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadium) on Saturday with lock Adam Coleman returning to the side.

Coleman sat out last week’s Super Rugby loss to the Blues in Auckland but has recovered and been reinstated in the Force line-up to face the side with whom he made his Super Rugby debut with in 2013.

The 23-year-old will again team up with Steve Mafi in the second row, in the only change to the Force forward pack.

In the backline, Solomoni Jnr Rasolea replaces Luke Burton at inside centre, while Ryan Louwrens, who scored a try in his starting debut last week, retains his place in the ‘9’ jersey.

On the Force bench, hooker Heath Tessmann is in line to play his 50th Super Rugby match this weekend. The robust rake played 10 matches for the Melbourne Rebels before joining the Western Force ahead of the 2013 season.

Tessmann will be joined on the replacements list by scrumhalf Alby Mathewson, who returns from a knee injury suffered against the Stormers in Round 10.

Western Force

1. Pekahou Cowan, 2. Nathan Charles, 3. Tetera Faulkner, 4. Steve Mafi, 5. Adam Coleman, 6. Angus Cottrell, 7. Matt Hodgson (c), 8. Ben McCalman, 9. Ryan Louwrens, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 11. Nick Cummins, 12. Solomoni Jnr Rasolea, 13. Kyle Godwin, 14. Luke Morahan, 15. Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements : 16. Heath Tessmann, 17. Chris Heiberg, 18. Guy Millar, 19. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20. Kane Koteka, 21. Alby Mathewson, 22. Luke Burton, 23. Marcel Brache

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