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    Western Force coach Tim Sampson brings in young faces for Asia Pacific Dragons clash

    Western Force coach Tim Sampson brings in young faces for Asia Pacific Dragons clash
    Nick Taylor The West Australian
    Wednesday, 10 April 2019 3:07PM


    Western Force coach Tim Sampson has rolled out the changes and brought in young local talent for Friday night's Global Rapid Rugby clash with the Asia Pacific Dragons at HBF Park.
    Flanker Carlo Tizzano, who plays for UWA, toured with Australian Schools to Scotland and Ireland last year and was the 2018 P.G. Hampshire Award winner for RugbyWA’s best and fairest, will make his debut replacing the injured Chris Alock.
    Scrum-half Michael McDonald from Palmyra, who has come through the Future Force Foundation academy, will come from the bench.
    It’s been a big week for McDonald, was has also been named in the Australian 2019 Oceania under-20 squad for next month’s championship.

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    https://thewest.com.au/sport/rugby-u...ng-b881164773z

    Sounds like a strong Dragons side. Anyone seen their team yet

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    This is such a ringing endorsement of the Future Force program and of WA’s strength in growing professional players of the highest caliber. Cannot wait to cheer all 9 of the WA-grown players in Friday’s 23.

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    That is really good to hear. I wish the NRC would push harder in that direction, encouraging and even pushing for players to remain as 'local' talent regardless of where they wind up. It would be great to see a team of predominantly locally produced players in years to come - for mine it would address many of the complaints people have about the current professional game, connection to grassroots, pathways, etc.

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    The Future Force continues to produce in spite of everything . This is great to see. They deserve every accolade . Keep bringing on the talent ! Those palookas in the Ivory Tower take note ...

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    This is really good news. I would much rather the team be weakened with local talent than having a bunch of talented up and coming east coast players getting a run instead. It will make the game a very good competition hopefully. It will be interesting to see how our future stars go in these circumstances. It just shows the pathways are working and in a few years we could very well be providing talent for the super rugby sides, especially the way rugby is seemingly dying on the East Coast.

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