Rockingham’s First Grade match against Associates at Allen Park in the Home Building Society competition on Saturday will be a stern test for the 2007 aspirations of the southern club.
Flyhalf Matt Giteau is set to earn his 50th Super rugby cap and scrumhalf Matt Henjak will return from injury when the Emirates Western Force play the Brumbies on Friday night at Canberra Stadium.
Wallabies and Emirates Western Force hooker Brendan Cannon has announced his retirement from professional rugby after being advised he risked permanent damage to his spinal cord if he continued to play.
Wests-Subiaco relived their 2006 Grand Final with a ferocious, take no prisoners win over Nedlands, 25-23, in the opening game of the Home Building Society competition at Rosalie Park today.
Roy Kinikinilau and Brendon Leonard have nabbed hat-tricks to guide the Chiefs to a dazzling 64-36 victory over the Emirates Western Force in a free-flowing Investec Super 14 clash at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.
The 2007 Home Building Society competition kicks off on Saturday, with the match of the Round featuring reigning Premiers Wests Subiaco hosting perennial finalists Nedlands at Rosalie Park.
Western Force coach John Mitchell has reacted to last week's 53-0 defeat at the hands of the Crusaders by moving Matt Giteau back into flyhalf for Saturday's game. Junior Pelesasa is back at inside centre while James Hilgendorf is benched.
Emirates Western Force vice captain Scott Staniforth and versatile forward David Pusey are back in the 22 for the match against the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday afternoon.
Stirred by memories of last season's draw and the rising reputation of the Emirates Western Force, the Crusaders sent the Force the same way as many reputable sides who travel to Jade Stadium full of hope by thrashing them 53-0.