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Force name South African Peter Grant in first start for side
February 2, 2016
Peter Grant will get his first chance to impress in Force colours when they take on the Hurricanes in a trial match © Getty Images

Former Springboks back Peter Grant will have his first start for the Western Force in their pre-season rugby trial against the Hurricanes on Wednesday.

Grant, 31, who won five caps off the bench for South Africa in 2007-08 will start at five-eighth against the 2015 Super Rugby losing grand finalists at Gosford on the the NSW Central Coast.

The Force named what could be their strongest side for their opening trial match, with Pek Cowan, Nathan Charles, Chris Alcock and Ian Prior all starting while they also padded the bench with the likes of Jono Lance and Kane Koteka. 

With regular captain Matt Hodgson rested, fellow Wallaby forward Pek Cowan will lead the Perth-based franchise.

Western Force squad:

Pek Cowan, Nathan Charles, Guy Millar, Steve Mafi, Adam Coleman, Brynard Stander, Chris Alcock, Angus Cottrell, Ian Prior, Peter Grant, Albert Nikoro, Kyle Godwin, Marcel Brache, Luke Morahan, Dane Haylett-Petty

Reserves: Heath Tessmann,Chris Heiberg, Jermaine Ainsley, Rory Walton, Ross Haylett-Petty, Richard Hardwick, Kane Koteka, Ryan Louwrens, Jono Lance, Onehunga Havili, Ammon Matuauto, Semisi Masirewa, Maalonga Konelio

Hurricanes (Squad): Jason Woodward, Matt Proctor, Pita Ahki, Willis Halaholo, Wes Goosen, Otere Black, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Blade Thomson, Callum Gibbins, Brad Shields (c), Mark Abbott, Vaea Fifita, Jeff Toomaga-Allen,Motu Matu'u, Reg Goodes, Leni Apisai, Loni Uhila, Ben May, Hisa Sasagi, Chris Eves, Michael Fatialofa, James Blackwell, Tony Lamborn, Frae Wilson, Malo Tuitama, Peter Umaga-Jensen.


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