Pomare returns in major boost for Force's Super W semi-final tilt

Wed, Apr 17, 2024, 3:56 AM
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by Ben Somerford
The Stan Sport Rugby Heaven team discussed the upcoming Buildcorp Super Rugby Women's semi-finals featuring the Western Force in Fiji.

The Western Force have received a major boost for Friday’s historic Buildcorp Super Rugby Women’s semi-final with the return of inspirational skipper Trilleen Pomare.

Pomare missed the Force’s thrilling 38-36 win over the ACT Brumbies with a minor knock but is named to start in the side’s first-ever semi-finals appearance.

Japan international front-rower Misaki Suzuki comes into the team as a reserve to replace hooker Sara Cline who has departed for international duty with Canada for the upcoming Pacific Four Series.

The pair are the only two changes from the side that beat the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday to clinch third spot.

The Force take on reigning back-to-back champions Fijian Drua from 12:35pm WST on Friday at HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.

The Super W semi-final will be live on Stan Sport, while there will be regular updates @WesternForce on social media.

Game details

Fijian Drua v Western Force

Friday 19 April, 12:35pm WST

HFC Bank Stadium, Suva

Live on Stan Sport

Force team list

Starting XV: Alapeta Ngauamo, Hera-Barb Malcolm Heke, Natsuki Kashiwagi, Michaela Leonard, Rosie Ebbage, Lucy Dinnen, Anneka Stephens, Tamika Jones, Samantha Wood, Nicole Ledington, Siutiti Ma’ake, Trilleen Pomare (c), Sheree Hume, Brooklyn Teki-Joyce, Renae Nona

Reserves: Misaki Suzuki, Hannah Palelei, Harono Te Iringa, Libya Teepa, Keira MacAskill, Dallys Tini, Haylee Hifo, Georgia Cormick

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