25 Mar 2011

No changes for Force

6:37 am on 25 March 2011

The Western Force have named an unchanged line-up for skipper Nathan Sharpe's record 137th Super Rugby appearance in Saturday night's clash with the Stormers in Cape Town.

Force coach Richard Graham has shown faith in the 22-man squad that defeated the Lions last weekend, with James O'Connor to again play at five-eighth after Willie Ripia failed to overcome a niggling foot complaint.

The Stormers are unbeaten after four games and sit on top of the table, with last week's win against the Bulls showcasing their title credentials.

It will be a record-breaking game for Sharpe, who will pass George Gregan's mark of 136 Super Rugby caps.

Force squad: Pek Cowan, Ben Whittaker, Tim Fairbrother, Sam Wykes, Nathan Sharpe (capt), Richard Brown, Matt Hodgson, Ben McCalman, Brett Sheehan, James O'Connor, David Smith, Gene Fairbanks, Nick Cummins, Alfie Mafi, Cameron Shepherd Res: Nathan Charles, Kieran Longbottom, Tom Hockings, Tevita Metuisela, James Stannard, Matt Brandon, Pat Dellit.