Western Force v Sydney Rays Team Announcement
The Western Force have brought back several players to take on the Sydney Rays at UWA Sports Park this Sunday.
George Pisi will make his NRC debut coming on to play outside centre with Henry Taefu recovering from a short-term shoulder injury.
Coach Tim Sampson said he is looking forward to Pisi running back on after a frustrating year with injuries.
“He’s an experienced player who will be really important to us in the coming weeks,” Sampson said.
“Having George inside him (Masivesi Dakuwaqa) will be hugely beneficial.”
After a strong performance in last weekend’s win against Queensland Country Heath Tessmann will start as hooker with Harry Scoble moving to start from the bench.
Fijian powerhouse Masivesi Dakuwaqa will start on the wing replacing Marcel Brache who is recovering from a knee injury.
Sampson thinks the former Fijian 7’s Gold medallist is adapting nicely to the 15’s style of play.
“The last month, going back to back weeks has really improved Masivesi in all aspects of the game,” Sampson said.
Brad Lacey has been called up to play his first NRC game of the season to start on the bench after a knee injury during the Australian Stockman’s Rugby game earlier this year.
Twenty-four-year-old Markus Vanzati is also set to return to the NRC paddock this weekend for his first game of the championship.
Sampson said Vanzati has been training exceptionally well and he is looking forward to seeing what he does with this opportunity.
“We just want to give Markus an opportunity to show what he has got,” he said.
“Hopefully he can go out and put in a strong performance coming off the bench.”
The Sydney Rays will have the chance to win the Horan Little shield after the Force kept it in their possession by winning their last home game against NSW Country.