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Force get prop back for Crusaders clash

  • Force get prop back for Crusaders clash

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 02: Ross Haylett-Petty of Australia during the 2014 Junior World Championships match between Argentina and Australia at ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe on June 2, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Simon Watts/Getty Images)

Western Force lock Ross Haylett-Petty has been ruled out of Friday night's Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders, but prop Francois van Wyk will make his return off the bench.

Haylett-Petty copped a heavy head knock in last week's 32-20 loss to the Highlanders.

His place in the starting side has been taken by Steve Mafi.

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Van Wyk has been named on the bench for his first game this season after recovering from surgery to fix a dislocated wrist.

The Crusaders have snared four wins from five games this season, but the injury-hit Force are struggling with a 1-5 record including a torrid three-game road trip to New Zealand.

Western Force: Dane Haylett-Petty, Luke Morahan, Ben Tapuai, Solomoni Rasolea, Semisi Masirewa, Peter Grant, Alby Mathewson, Ben McCalman, Matt Hodgson (capt), Angus Cottrell, Adam Coleman, Sitiveni Mafi, Tetera Faulkner, Heath Tessmann, Pek Cowan. Res: Nathan Charles, Francois van Wyk, Jermaine Ainsley, Rory Walton, Richard Hardwick, Ryan Louwrens, Ian Prior, Albert Nikoro

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