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Published: 9:50AM Wednesday February 27, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

  • Force's Pek Cowan (Source: Reuters)
    Force's Pek Cowan - Source: Reuters

Best Super Performance: 7th (2007)
2012 Super Rugby: 14th (3 wins, 13 losses)
History: 14th, 7th, 8th, 8th, 13th, 12th, 14th
TAB Odds : $50

In: Chris Alcock, Sam Christie, Sias Ebersohn, Jayden Hayward, James Hilterbrand, Alby Mathewson, Hugh McMeniman, Sam Norton-Knight, Junior Rasolea, Mike Snowden, Ed Stubbs.

Out: Gene Fairbanks, Napolioni Nalaga, David Pocock, Jordan Rapana, Ben Seymour, Nathan Sharpe, Cameron Shepherd, Rory Sidey, James Stannard, Elvis Taione, Justin Turner, Samu Wara.

More than any other team, the Western Force underline the lack of depth in Australian rugby. The Perth based Franchise has no less than 12 players who learnt their rugby education in New Zealand or South Africa - which is nearly half their squad. Therefore it is no secret that incoming coach Michael Foley has a battle on his hands, especially with his two best players from last season - David Pocock and Nathan Sharpe - pursing other ventures. On the plus side, former All Black Alby Mathewson and Taranaki midfielder Jayden Haward are shrewd acquisitions, while former Aussie Sevens star Junior Rasolea has plenty of promise. Still, July can't come soon enough.

Verdict: Lucky the Australia Conference doesn't have relegation.

Conference prediction: 5th

Force: Chris Alcock, Phoenix Battye, Richard Brown, Nathan Charles, Sam Christie, Angus Cottrell, Pekahou Cowan, Nick Cummins, Patrick Dellit, Sias Ebersohn, Tetera Faulkner, Kyle Godwin, Jayden Haward, James Hilterbrand, Matt Hodgson, Kieran Longbottom, Toby Lynn, Salesi Ma'afu, Salesi Manu, Alfie Mafi, Alby Mathewson, Lachlan McCaffrey, Ben McCalman, Hugh McMeniman, Junior Rasolea, Sam Norton-Knight, Brett Sheehan, Mike Snowden, Winston Stanley, Ed Stubbs, Will Tupou, Ben Whittaker, Sam Wykes.

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