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    POCOCK TO LEAD EMIRATES WESTERN FORCE ON DEVELOPMENT TOUR OF ENGLAND

    Australian Under 20’s skipper David Pocock will lead a 28-man Emirates Western Force squadon a five-week development tour of the UK at the end of the month.

    Pocock was today announced as captain of the squad for a six-match tour pitting the WA side against four top-flight Guinness Premiership teams and two regional academy sides.

    On his first tour as captain the 20 year old flanker will have an abundance of experience to draw from, with Wallabies Tai McIsaac and Scott Staniforth named in the touring party alongside a host of established Super 14 campaigners.

    The 28-man touring squad includes all available contracted Emirates Western Force players, with the exception of the five Wallabies Tri Nations squad members and five players with long term injuries.

    Forwards Scott Fava (ankle), Tom Hockings (shoulder) and David Pusey (foot)and backs Nick Cummins (leg) and Cameron Shepherd (ankle) were not available to tour due to injury.

    The squad will open their tourprogram against Jonny Wilkinson’s Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park on August 8,before matches against fellow English Premiership sides Saracens, Leicester and Northampton.

    Coach John Mitchell said Pocock’s appointment as captain was part of a succession planning strategy to grow the team’s leadership group.

    “We see David as a quality footballer and a quality individual and have recognised him as having outstanding leadership potential,” said Mitchell.

    “While all players in the squad are responsible for leadership, David has been named as captain for the UK tour and thoroughly deserves his position.”

    Mitchell said he had assembled a developing squad for the tour.

    “We have named some experience in the squad along with some of our developing young local players and academy members,” said Mitchell.

    “The purpose (of the tour) is to provide us with some tough competition and to bring some of our developing players through and provide them with tour experience and expose them to high quality rugby,” he said.

    “The team will travel as the Emirates Western Force and will wear the Emirates Western Force jersey. We are going on this tour with the intentions of developing our game and to perform well in preparation for the 2009 Super 14 season,” he said.

    Mitchell said his side will face quality opposition throughout the tour.

    “We are expecting the English teams to field strong sides. These will be important pre-season trial matches for each of these teams and they will be just as serious as we are about performing well.”

    The touring squad contains several fresh faces, including three RugbyWA Academy squad members in Tom Murday, Valeni Tia Tia and Justin Turner, plus a trio of local youngsters from the KWIK Senior Rugby Competition.

    New Emirates Western Force recruit Caleb Brown, who joined the club on a two-year contract last month, will also see his first action in the ocean blue jersey.

    The team departs for the 34-day tour next Thursday 31 July.

    Emirates Western Force 2008 UK Development Tour

    The Squad
    Dion Berryman, Caleb Brown, Pekahou Cowan, Scott Daruda, Gareth Hardy, Dane Haylett-Petty, Matt Hodgson, Luke Holmes, Tamaiti Horua, Kieran Longbottom, Barry Mansfield, Tai McIsaac, Tom Murday, Brent Murphy, James O’Connor, Pat O’Connor, Chris O’Young, Junior Pelesasa, David Pocock (c), Filipe Manu, Haig Sare, Scott Staniforth, Troy Takiari, Josh Tatupu, Valeni Tia Tia, Justin Turner, AJ Whalley, Sam Wykes.

    The New Faces
    Berryman, Dion
    20/4/1986
    177cms
    84kgs
    Kalamunda Fullback

    Mansfield, Barry
    8/9/1988
    181cms
    86kgs
    Nedlands Wing

    Manu, Filipe
    12/10/1985
    190cms
    103kgs
    Souths(Brisbane) Flanker/No.8

    Murday, Tom
    27/4/1989
    198cms
    105kgs
    University Lock/Flanker

    Murphy, Brent
    10/10/1986
    199cms
    100kgs
    Perth Bayswater Lock

    Tia Tia, Valeni
    30/3/1989
    196cms
    113kgs
    Kalamunda Lock/No 8

    Turner, Justin
    12/3/1990
    180cms
    93kgs
    Associates Scrumhalf

    The Schedule
    Thursday 31 July - EWF squad departs Perth for Newcastle via Dubai
    Friday 1 August - EWF squad arrives in Newcastle
    Friday 8 August
    EWF v Newcastle Falcons
    Kingston Park
    8pm (3am 9/8 WST)

    Tuesday 12 August
    EWF v Saracens Academy
    Old Albanians
    7.30pm (2.30am 13/8)

    Saturday 16 August
    EWF v Saracens
    Old Albanians
    7.30pm (2.30am 17/8)

    Saturday 23 August
    EWF v Northampton Academy
    Franklin’s Gardens
    3pm (10pm WST)

    Wednesday 27 August
    EWF v Northampton Saints
    Franklin’s Gardens
    7pm (2am 28/8)

    Saturday 30 August
    EWF v Leicester Tigers
    Welford Road
    3pm (10pm WST)

    Monday 1 September – EWF squad departs Birmingham for Perth via Dubai

    Wednesday 3 September – EWF squad arrives in Perth

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    New faces to don Western Force colours on England tour
    Nick Taylor
    July 22, 2008 03:00pm

    SEVERAL new faces will wear Western Force colours for the first time on the club's five-week development tour of England.

    The touring squad includes RugbyWA Academy squad members Tom Murday, Valeni Tia Tia and Justin Turner; local youngsters from the RugbyWA premiership, Dion Berryman (Kalamunda), Barry Mansfield, (Nedlands) and Brent Murphy (Perth-Bayswater); and prospective academy member Filipe Manu from the Brisbane Souths club.

    Another new face will be recent Force signing, winger Caleb Brown.

    Force flanker David Pocock, who recently captained the Australian Under-20 side, will skipper the 28-man squad that was announced today.

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    Interesting that they are going to wear their Super14 jersey.

    Do the sponsors have a say in that??

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    And at just 20. Impressive. The EWF hierarchy are obviously just as impressed with Pocock the man as Pocock the openside. Well done young man.

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    No Stannard?

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    will valentine be a late inclusion?

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    it will be intersesting to see what players the opposition will field against this force side? will wiko and tait be playing for newcastle, chris jack, andy farrell at saracens, carlos spencer, sean lamont at northampton........

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    Word on the street is that Stannard's contract might not be renewed, with Valentine coming in. They're training "Two-Step" Turner to be a development scrumhalf.

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    But Stannard can play 5/8 and fullback pretty well as well... They'll regret it if they let him go...

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    Theres no lachlan mackay either or am i just slow on the news from the Force ?

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    Mackay is in France. His contract was not renewed/his services were no longer needed.

    I have a feeling that decision will come back to bite RugbyWA in the bum soon though.

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    Congratulations to all the youngsters that got selected for this tour party.

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    Mackay is in france now for pre-season.

    But the stannard thing is not confirmed, but what has been going around in the ranks of University, the club he plays for. Talked to some of my mates in 1st grade and that was the word on the street that he wasnt expecting to be renewed. Anyway, i doubt he can play flyhalf or fullback at a super 14 standard yet.

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    sounds like a good touring team all the best to the lads

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    Well done to Dave, he is a credit to his family and the Force. He has a huge future ahead of him

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