Force call on Wallabies for Waratahs decider
September 21, 2006

Wallabies forwards Scott Fava and Tai McIsaac, and backs Scott Staniforth and Cameron Shepherd have been named in the Emirates Western Force squad to play the Waratahs in Bathurst on Saturday.

The four return to the team, which needs to beat the New South Welshmen to ensure the Australian Provincial Championship final is played at Members Equity Stadium in Perth, on Friday 29 September.

Fava comes into Number 8, with Richard Brown shifting to the blindside flank, while McIsaac will start on the bench with Brendan Cannon the run-on hooker.

Staniforth, who went to school in Bathurst, will start at outside centre and Shepherd, who made his run-on Test debut against South Africa earlier this month, will commence on the wing.

In other changes, former Waratah Troy Takiari will start at tight-head prop, with Gareth Hardy moving to the bench, while captain Luke Doherty will return to the second row, replacing Matt Windle who also moves to the bench.

In round one, the Emirates Western Force beat the Queensland Reds 32-6 at Ballymore, and last weekend lost to the Brumbies 25-10 at Viking Park.

Emirates Western Force APC coach John Mulvihill said Saturday's game would be a tight and physical encounter, with either side capable of making the final.

"We are approaching this game as a semi-final and have worked on elements of the game that let us down last weekend," he said.

"And while we get a few boys back from Wallabies duties, the Waratahs will also benefit from the return of Al Baxter, Benn Robinson and Brett Sheehan."

The squad is: 1. Angus Scott 2. Brendan Cannon 3. Troy Takiari 4. Pat O'Connor 5. Luke Doherty (c) 6. Richard Brown 7. David Pocock 8. Scott Fava 9. Matt Henjak 10. James Hilgendorf 11. Cameron Shepherd 12. Junior Pelesasa 13. Scott Staniforth 14. Haig Sare 15. Scott Daruda 16. Tai McIssac 17. Gareth Hardy 18. Matt Windle 19. Josh Fuimaono 20. Jon McGrath 21. Josh Graham 22. Brett Stapleton

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