Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Round 3 teams: Ready steady go for the Western Force

It hasn’t been a happy start for Australian teams in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition but as the saying goes “you’re only as good as your last week.” In Round 3, the Western Force travel to New Zealand to take on the Hurricanes on Friday night. The Force have been the most consistent Australian team […]

Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Round 3 teams: Ready steady go for the Western Force

It hasn’t been a happy start for Australian teams in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition but as the saying goes “you’re only as good as your last week.”

In Round 3, the Western Force travel to New Zealand to take on the Hurricanes on Friday night. The Force have been the most consistent Australian team so far after losing their opening two Trans-Tasman matches by a combined margin of 11 points.

Coach Tim Sampson has made four changes to his lineup including Hooker Andrew Ready who has made the starting lineup with Feleti Kaitu’u moved to the bench.

Domingo Miotti will start at flyhalf replacing Jake McIntyre who suffered a concussion last week while Wallaby Tevita Kuridrani is back in the side’s 23.

The Hurricanes have made a number of changes including giving the captaincy to Reed Prinsep in order for Dane Coles to have a rest.

Coach Jason Holland is reportedly keen to use as much of his squad as possible in order to create competition for positions.

All teams for Super Rugby Trans-Tasman will be announced at least 48 hours before kick-off. Keep this page bookmarked as we update it with all the team info throughout the week.

Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Round 3 teams

Hurricans vs Western Force

Friday, 5:05pm (AEST), McLean Park
Hurricanes
1. Xavier Numia, 2. Asafo Aumua 3. Tyrel Lomax, 4. Isaia Walker-Leawere, 5. Scott Scrafton, 6. Reed Prinsep (c), 7. Du’Plessis Kirifi, 8. Gareth Evans, 9. Luke Campbell, 10. Orbyn Leger, 11. Salesi Rayasi, 12. Ngani Laumape, 13. Peter Umaga-Jensen, 14. Wes Goosen, 15. Jordie Barrett

Bench: 16. Ricky Riccitelli, 17. Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18. Alex Fidow, 19. James Blackwell, 20. Ardie Savea, 21. Cam Roigard, 22. Billy Proctor, 23. Vince Aso

Force
1. Tom Robertson, 2. Andrew Ready, 3. Santiago Medrano, 4. Jeremy Thrush, 5. Sitaleki Timani, 6. Fergus Lee-Warner, 7. Kane Koteka, 8. Tim Ainstee, 9. Tomás Cubelli, 10. Domingo Miotti, 11. Jordan Olowofela, 12. Kyle Godwin (c), 13. Richard Kahui, 14. Toni Pulu, 15. Rob Kearney

Bench: 16. Feleti Kaitu’u, 17. Angus Wagner, 18. Greg Holmes, 19. Ryan McCauley, 20. Brynard Stander, 21. Ian Prior, 22. Jack McGregor, 23. Tevita Kuridrani

Waratahs vs Crusaders

Saturday, 3:05pm (AEST), WIN Stadium
Waratahs
TBD

Crusaders
TBD

Blues vs Brumbies

Saturday, 5:15pm (AEST), Eden Park
Blues
TBD

Brumbies
TBD

Reds vs Chiefs

Saturday, 7:45pm (AEST), QCB Stadium
Reds
TBD

Chiefs
TBD

Highlanders vs Rebels

Sunday, 12:35pm (AEST), Sir John Davies Oval
Highlanders
TBD

Rebels
TBD

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Force boss urges RA to create Asia-Australia comp

Western Force chief executive Tony Lewis has urged Rugby Australia to forge ties with Asia to create another competition that will better prepare players for the rigours of Super Rugby. Australian teams are 0-10 after two rounds of the Trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition, with the lopsided results further proof of how far superior NZ rugby […]

Force boss urges RA to create Asia-Australia comp

Western Force chief executive Tony Lewis has urged Rugby Australia to forge ties with Asia to create another competition that will better prepare players for the rigours of Super Rugby.

Australian teams are 0-10 after two rounds of the Trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition, with the lopsided results further proof of how far superior NZ rugby is.

With the second-tier National Rugby Championship scrapped, Lewis feels there is a big gap between club rugby and Super ranks in Australia.

He doesn’t want to see the NRC reinstated, but feels a new competition taking in teams from Australia and Asia would be the best fit.

“The most important thing is there’s no place in rugby in Australia where that next-tier player gets that opportunity to develop,” Lewis said.

“All of our development is taking place in Super Rugby, which to me is showing no consideration to the welfare of the player and the development of the player.

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“Young Will (Waratahs flyhalf Will Harrison) gets slaughtered in the media, but is it his fault that his rugby development has been 15 Super games in a team that’s struggling?

“You saw it last week with James Turner for the Waratahs. He’s been the form winger in Sydney club rugby this year, gets thrown into the game against a couple of All Blacks and he looks average.

“The classic thing is he went over there with moulded boots and no one thought to tell him that it’s slightly wet in NZ and studs would be a good idea.”

When the Western Force were booted out of Super ranks in 2017, billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest launched a competition called Global Rapid Rugby that was set to include teams from the Asia Pacific region.

Lewis feels there’s still scope for that but he wants teams from Australia’s major cities to be involved as well, rather than just the Force.

“We need to align with Japan,” Lewis said.

“NZ has got their competition (National Provincial Championship). We don’t need to follow them. We need to be innovative and get out there and see what’s there. There’s other parts of Asia.

“I know South Korea’s national side is strong. They’ve had a rugby program going for quite some time.

“If we worked in partnership with Japan and the other Asian countries we could build something that’s going to have public appeal.”

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