22 Jan 2009

Force name squad for Super 14 hit out

11:05 am on 22 January 2009

The Western Force rugby Coach John Mitchell has named a 28-man squad for tomorrow night's pre-season clash with seven-time Super Rugby champions the Crusaders in Perth.

Wallabies Richard Brown, Drew Mitchell and Cameron Shepherd will take the field in the hit out of 2009, while new recruits Josh Valentine and Richard Stanford will pull on the Force jersey for the first time.

The match will be played in three 30-minute thirds in order to give both coaches the opportunity to provide extended match practice for their squads.

John Mitchell says his side will be rotated through the match.

He says they're going to look at some different combinations and give players an opportunity in the role they are likely to contribute during the season