Spink returns for Blues clash at Eden Park

Following a strong showing against the Highlanders, Head Coach Simon Cron has made four changes to his starting XV ahead of this Sunday's Harvey Norman Super Rugby Pacific Round 5 clash against the Blues.

Sam Spink will start in the centre, playing his first professional match across the Tasman. His powerful physical presence and ability to make shifts across the park is a strong addition when shaping up against a skilful Blues outfit. 

Reigning Nathan Sharpe dual medallist Tim Anstee will start at openside flanker, with Wanneroo talent Ollie Callan moving to the finishers.

Tom Robertson is unavailable for selection and will undergo his 12-day HIA standdown after sustaining a head knock in last Sunday's match. Here, Angus Wagner moves to loosehead prop, and Folau Fainga'a regains the hooker position after continued Achilles soreness ruled him out minutes before kick-off in Invercargill.

Dominant ball carrier Felix Kalapu pairs up with Jeremy Williams in the second row, with Ryan McCauley moving to the finishers. 

Marley Pearce is set to make his Super Rugby debut for the Western Force after being named in the matchday 23 at 17. 

Team list RD5 Western Force

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Super Rugby Pacific: Force vs Blues 

Sunday, March 26 | Eden Park NZ | 10:35 AM AWST

Force team list

1 Angus Wagner  

2 Folau Fainga'a

3 Santiago Medrano

4 Felix Kalapu  

5 Jeremy Williams 

6 Michael Wells (C)

7 Tim Anstee 

8 Rahboni Vosayaco

9 Gareth Simpson

10 Bryce Hegarty

11 Toni Pulu

12 Hamish Stewart 

13 Sam Spink 

14 Zach Kibirige

15 Chase Tiatia

16 Tom Horton 

17 Marley Pearce

18 Siosifa Amone

19 Ryan McCauley

20 Ollie Callan

21 Issak Fines-Leleiwasa

22 Bayley Kuenzle

22 George Poolman