Beale set for Force debut as trio return to face Crusaders

Wed, Apr 17, 2024, 3:57 AM
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by Ben Somerford

New signing Kurtley Beale has been named to make his Western Force debut for Saturday’s Super Rugby Pacific Round 9 clash with the Crusaders at HBF Park.

Beale is selected to start at full-back, while Michael Wells and Izack Rodda both are named on the reserves, marking their returns from knee and quad injuries respectively.

Argentine prop Santiago Medrano returns after missing the Round 7 game against the Blues prior to the bye due to head injury protocols.

Back-rower Will Harris comes back into the starting XV. Wallabies scrum-half Nic White will captain the side.

Saturday’s game at HBF Park kicks off at 5:40pm (adjusted due to pre-game ceremony) with tickets available via Ticketmaster. The Club will hold its annual Armed Forces game, with a pre-game ceremony.

The game will be live on Stan Sport, while there will be regular updates @WesternForce on social media.

The Super Rugby Pacific game will also be preceded by a WA Fortescue Premier Grade curtain-raiser between Kalamunda and Cottesloe from 3:05pm. Gate 1 opens at 2:50pm, with all gates open at 4:05pm.

Game details

Western Force v Crusaders

HBF Park, Perth, 5:40pm WST

Live on Stan Sport

Purchase your tickets here via Ticketmaster

Force Team List

Starting XV: Ryan Coxon, Tom Horton, Santiago Medrano, Sam Carter, Thomas Franklin, Will Harris, Carlo Tizzano, Reed Prinsep, Nic White (c), Ben Donaldson, Chase Tiatia, Hamish Stewart, Sam Spink, Bayley Kuenzle, Kurtley Beale

Reserves: Ben Funnell, Marley Pearce, Tiaan Tauakipulu, Izack Rodda, Michael Wells, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Max Burey, Henry O’Donnell

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