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Still no McCalman, Hodgson for Force

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/02/2017 Justin Chadwick

The Western Force will be without skipper Ben McCalman and Matt Hodgson for a second successive week in Thursday night's Super Rugby clash with the Queensland Reds at nib Stadium.

McCalman (thumb) and Hodgson (hamstring) remain sidelined, but Force lock Adam Coleman is confident their absence can be covered.

Coach Dave Wessels has stuck with the same backline from last week's loss to the Waratahs, but he's made several changes to the forward pack, with new recruit Ben Daley replacing Pek Cowan at prop.

FORCE:Dane Haylett-Petty, Luke Morahan, Curtis Rona, Billy Meakes, Chance Peni, Jono Lance, Ryan Louwrens, Brynard Stander, Kane Koteka, Ross Haylett-Petty, Adam Coleman, Matt Philip, Jermaine Ainsley, Heath Tessmann (capt), Ben Daley. Res: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Pek Cowan, Tetera Faulkner, Richard Hardwick, Isi Naisarani, Michael Ruru, Ian Prior, Alex Newsome.

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