Emirates Western Force recruit Josh Valentine has been ruled out of tonight’s final pre-season clash with the Queensland Reds with a hamstring strain.
Emirates Western Force coach John Mitchell will field as close to his strongest side as possible this Thursday in the final trial match against the Reds before the Super 14 season begins.
The Emirates Western Force hope the addition of tighthead prop Ben Castle can give it the edge in the 2009 Super 14 season, especially against rival Australian teams.
Former Junior All Black and Chiefs prop Ben Castle has signed with the Emirates Western Force for the 2009 season as the team’s marquee international player.
With Nathan Sharpe and Matt Giteau not playing, David Pocock led the Emirates Western Force in its opening trial game against the Crusaders and is confident a good season is ahead.
There was plenty for Emirates Western Force coach John Mitchell to like in Friday's trial match with the Crusaders despite the loss, most notably Cameron Shepherd's return, Josh Valentine's first appearance and the sold out crowd at Members Equity Stadium.
The Emirates Western Force kicked off its pre-season campaign with a close but encouraging loss to the defending champion Crusaders, who prevailed 24-19 at a sold out Members Equity Stadium on Friday night.
The Emirates Western Force have been beaten 24-19 by the Crusaders in front of a capacity crowd at Members Equity Stadium in their opening trial match before the 2009 Investec Super 14 season in Perth tonight.
Emirates Western Force Coach John Mitchell has named a 28-man squad for Friday night’s pre-season clash with seven-time Super Rugby champions the Crusaders at Members Equity Stadium.
Special Air Services Regiment (SASR) soldier and Associates RUFC player, Trooper Mark Donaldson, has been presented with the Victoria Cross today for his gallantry whilst serving in Afghanistan.