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The Western Force have rung the changes for the Super Rugby derby against the Reds on Saturday.

Richard Brown, Toby Lynn and Pek Cowan will start in the pack - with Samu Wara coming in on the wing and Nick Cummins moving to the centres.

Sam Wykes, Will Tupou, Cameron Shepherd, Pat Dellit, Justin Turner and Napolioni Nalaga are among those missing through injury, however Ben McCalman has been passed fit to start on the bench.

There is also a place among the replacements for Kyle Godwin, with the utility back poised to make his first Super Rugby appearance.

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has reacted to the 61-8 thrashing by the Bulls last time out by making a whole host of changes.

Hooker James Hanson, prop James Slipper and lock Van Humphries will add some experience to the side, while flanker Liam Gill earns his second start of the season.

In the backs, centre Joel Rapana will make his debut after being called in to replace Jono Lance.

McKenzie has made a further two changes on the bench, with Albert Anae and Eddie Quirk coming into the side.

Western Force: 15 David Harvey, 14 Samu Wara, 13 Nick Cummins, 12 Winston Stanley, 11 Alfie Mafi, 10 James Stannard, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Matt Hodgson, 7 David Pocock, 6 Richard Brown, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Salesi Ma'afu, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Elvis Taione, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Phoenix Battye, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Ben Seymour, 21 Rory Sidey, 22 Kyle Godwin.

Reds: 15 Rod Davies, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Joel Rapana, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Luke Morahan, 10 Dallan Murphy, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 James Horwill (c), 4 Van Humphries, 3 James Slipper, 2 James Hanson, 1 Ben Daley.
Replacements: 16 Albert Anae, 17 Greg Holmes, 18 Rob Simmons, 19 Eddie Quirk, 20 Beau Robinson, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Nathan Eyres-Brown.

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