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    NRC 2015 - Brisbane City v Perth Spirit.

    Hooker Heath Tessmann will captain the Perth Spirit in their grand final rematch against Brisbane City at Ballymore on Thursday night, in the opening match of the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship season.

    In his first match at the helm, Spirit head coach Tai McIssac has selected a blend of players with Western Force experience and exciting youth from the local Pindan Premier Grade.

    The 23-man squad includes seven players from the Pindan Premier Grade, with 12 players returning to the Spirit after pulling on the black and gold jersey in 2014.

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    McIsaac says his side is looking forward to kicking off its season.

    “There’s a real excitement within the squad about playing our first match together,” he said. “We’ve had a good build-up and those that took part in the competition last season are looking forward to returning to Ballymore.

    “We’ve chosen a number of excellent young players who have earned their opportunity through their performances with their local clubs or with the Force, and we’re obviously keen to provide that opportunity to other players within the squad as the season progresses.

    “Likewise, we have a number of Force players – led by Heath – that will help steer the side, and this is a great opportunity for them to take greater leadership and responsibility.

    “Last year we unearthed players like Ross Haylett-Petty and Ammon Matuauto, who went to be a part of the Force squad, and we’re looking forward to providing that opportunity to more players in 2015.”

    Tessmann will pack down in an all-Force front row, alongside Chris Heiberg and local product Oliver Hoskins.

    Rory Walton and Ross Haylett-Petty both return for their second season with the Spirit, as will Wests Scarborough openside flanker Kane Koteka, who used last year’s tournament to springboard his rise into Asteron Life Super Rugby.

    No.8 Angus Cottrell and blindside flanker Chris Alcock will make their Perth Spirit debuts after Cottrell missed last year’s tournament through injury, while Alcock joins the Spirit after representing the Greater Sydney Rams in 2014.

    In the halves, Ian Prior partners with Luke Burton, while Joondalup’s Maalonga Konelio receives the first start at inside centre following a standout season for the Brothers in the Pindan Premier Grade, while Associates outside centre Matuauto will look to continue his form from last year’s season that saw him elevated into the Western Force’s Wider Training Squad.

    In the back three, Fijian Sevens representative Sevuloni Mocenacagi will look to show his blistering pace on one wing while the Wests Scarborough combination of Brad Lacey and Albert Nikoro will start on the left wing and fullback respectively.

    On the bench, UWA hooker Harry Scoble will provide front-row coverage along with 20-year-old Nedlands front-rower Jermaine Ainsley and UWA’s Francois van Wyk, who makes his rugby return from a pectoral injury.

    Wests Scarborough’s Riley Winter, who represented the Australian Under 20’s at the Junior World Championship earlier this year, and UWA flanker Richard Hardwick round out the forward reserves.

    Ryan Louwrens is set to make his Buildcorp NRC debut while Kalamunda utility back Daley Harper returns for his second season with the Spirit. Wanneroo playmaker Byron Hutchinson is also set to earn his first cap for the Perth side.

    The match will be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports 2 and 2HD.

    2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship – Week One
    Perth Spirit v Brisbane City
    Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane
    Thursday, 20 August 2015
    Kick-off: 7.30pm (local)/5.30pm (AWST)

    1. Chris Heiberg Perth Bayswater
    2. Heath Tessman (c) Nedlands
    3. Oliver Hoskins Cottesloe
    4. Rory Walton Wests Scarborough
    5. Ross Haylett-Petty Cottesloe
    6. Chris Alcock UWA
    7. Kane Koteka Wests Scarborough
    8. Angus Cottrell Associates
    9. Ian Prior Nedlands
    10. Luke Burton UWA
    11. Brad Lacey Wests Scarborough
    12. Maalonga Konelio Joondalup
    13. Ammon Matuauto Associates
    14. Sevuloni Mocenacagi
    15. Albert Nikoro Wests Scarborough

    Reserves
    16. Harry Scoble UWA
    17. Francois van Wyk UWA
    18. Jermaine Ainsley Nedlands
    19. Riley Winter Wests Scarborough
    20. Richard Hardwick UWA
    21. Ryan Louwrens Cottesloe
    22. Byron Hutchinson Wanneroo
    23. Daley Harper Kalamunda


    Season Tickets for the 2015 Perth Spirit season are on sale now! Click here to get tickets to all four home games for the price of three: http://bit.ly/1L3dBQL

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    That's a pretty strong team. There's a possibility that our Super 15 front row would get towelled up by that combination, but we'd have to be confident any backrow we could name would be superior.

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    PERTH SPIRIT MEDIA ALERT
    Wednesday, 19 August 2015

    PERTH SPIRIT NAMED FOR BUILDCORP NRC OPENER

    Hooker Heath Tessmann will captain the Perth Spirit in their grand final rematch against Brisbane City at Ballymore on Thursday night, in the opening match of the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship season.

    In his first match at the helm, Spirit head coach Tai McIssac has selected a blend of players with Western Force experience and exciting youth from the local Pindan Premier Grade.

    The 23-man squad includes seven players from the Pindan Premier Grade, with 12 players returning to the Spirit after pulling on the black and gold jersey in 2014.

    McIsaac says his side is looking forward to kicking off its season.

    “There’s a real excitement within the squad about playing our first match together,” he said. “We’ve had a good build-up and those that took part in the competition last season are looking forward to returning to Ballymore.

    “We’ve chosen a number of excellent young players who have earned their opportunity through their performances with their local clubs or with the Force, and we’re obviously keen to provide that opportunity to other players within the squad as the season progresses.

    “Likewise, we have a number of Force players – led by Heath – that will help steer the side, and this is a great opportunity for them to take greater leadership and responsibility.

    “Last year we unearthed players like Ross Haylett-Petty and Ammon Matuauto, who went to be a part of the Force squad, and we’re looking forward to providing that opportunity to more players in 2015.”

    Tessmann will pack down in an all-Force front row, alongside Chris Heiberg and local product Oliver Hoskins.

    Rory Walton and Ross Haylett-Petty both return for their second season with the Spirit, as will Wests Scarborough openside flanker Kane Koteka, who used last year’s tournament to springboard his rise into Asteron Life Super Rugby.

    No.8 Angus Cottrell and blindside flanker Chris Alcock will make their Perth Spirit debuts after Cottrell missed last year’s tournament through injury, while Alcock joins the Spirit after representing the Greater Sydney Rams in 2014.

    In the halves, Ian Prior partners with Luke Burton, while Joondalup’s Maalonga Konelio receives the first start at inside centre following a standout season for the Brothers in the Pindan Premier Grade, while Associates outside centre Matuauto will look to continue his form from last year’s season that saw him elevated into the Western Force’s Wider Training Squad.

    In the back three, Fijian Sevens representative Sevuloni Mocenacagi will look to show his blistering pace on one wing while the Wests Scarborough combination of Brad Lacey and Albert Nikoro will start on the left wing and fullback respectively.

    On the bench, UWA hooker Harry Scoble will provide front-row coverage along with 20-year-old Nedlands front-rower Jermaine Ainsley and UWA’s Francois van Wyk, who makes his rugby return from a pectoral injury.

    Wests Scarborough’s Riley Winter, who represented the Australian Under 20’s at the Junior World Championship earlier this year, and UWA flanker Richard Hardwick round out the forward reserves.

    Ryan Louwrens is set to make his Buildcorp NRC debut while Kalamunda utility back Daley Harper returns for his second season with the Spirit. Wanneroo playmaker Byron Hutchinson is also set to earn his first cap for the Perth side.

    The match will be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports 2 and 2HD.

    2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship – Week One
    Perth Spirit v Brisbane City
    Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane
    Thursday, 20 August 2015
    Kick-off: 7.30pm (local)/5.30pm (AWST)

    1. Chris Heiberg Perth Bayswater
    2. Heath Tessman (c) Nedlands
    3. Oliver Hoskins Cottesloe
    4. Rory Walton Wests Scarborough
    5. Ross Haylett-Petty Cottesloe
    6. Chris Alcock UWA
    7. Kane Koteka Wests Scarborough
    8. Angus Cottrell Associates
    9. Ian Prior Nedlands
    10. Luke Burton UWA
    11. Brad Lacey Wests Scarborough
    12. Maalonga Konelio Joondalup
    13. Ammon Matuauto Associates
    14. Sevuloni Mocenacagi
    15. Albert Nikoro Wests Scarborough

    Reserves
    16. Harry Scoble UWA
    17. Francois van Wyk UWA
    18. Jermaine Ainsley Nedlands
    19. Riley Winter Wests Scarborough
    20. Richard Hardwick UWA
    21. Ryan Louwrens Cottesloe
    22. Byron Hutchinson Wanneroo
    23. Daley Harper Kalamunda


    Season Tickets for the 2015 Perth Spirit season are on sale now! Click here to get tickets to all four home games for the price of three: http://bit.ly/1L3dBQL

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    Sevuloni Mocenacagi looks an exciting prospect.. looking forward to seeing how they go, with both fielding strong teams

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    Ollie Hoskins will be returning to the game which pretty much destroyed his professional career last year when Sam Talaki used Ollie as a springboard into the Reds. I hope he's up to the task!

    It'd be fantastic to see the Force scrum well this game, with Heath and Chris next to him, there's every chance. The back row has probably got the loose ball stitched up, Higgers is too much of a seagull to trouble them and Alcock > Gill (particularly in toughness....leaving Kane to fight it out with an unknown....Kane might just be a better 7 than Alcock, so I think that area is our strength.

    The backs....Well Burto and Mackintyre are both very new. Jake looked very clinical when the Reds had momentum and seems to be a very cultured pick, Burto is probably less safe, but I like the kid because he makes up for it with unalloyed enthusiasm. As for the "no names" outside 10...there are some bloody good prospects out there, I hope they get plenty of footy, Kerevi in 12 and Hunt in 13, might be something to exploit with a quick switching game, but They'll need to be on their toes to stop the wrecking ball.

    The named teams give it all the uncertainty a grand final replay deserves, I hope it's a good match.

    I hadn't heard about Brad in the other thread, was that news to you Westie?

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    On the front page you have the game starting at 1530hrs (WA time) when I believe it actually starts at 1730hrs (WA time). Just for those who will be looking to follow the game live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by todd4 View Post
    On the front page you have the game starting at 1530hrs (WA time) when I believe it actually starts at 1730hrs (WA time). Just for those who will be looking to follow the game live.
    Thats why I was searching for an accurate time. Its live at 17:30 WA time, as you say. Thank goodness for that. Gives me time to get home to watch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palitu View Post
    only on fox?
    As far as I know yes. From a Fox source as they are also streaming from their website.

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    All Thursday fixtures are on Channel 502 and the others streamed live.

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    Gee Hoskins is a soft scrummager. He's getting owned as usual. Got a good tighthead up Kalamunda way if they need a scrummaging prop.

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