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Western Force hit hard with injuries

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Injured ... Nick Cummins of the Force.

Injured ... Nick Cummins of the Force. Photo: Getty Images

The Western Force have been hit hard by injury, with backs Nick Cummins, Napolioni Nalaga and Cameron Shepherd ruled out of Saturday night's Super Rugby clash with the NSW Waratahs in Sydney.

The minor setbacks to Cummins (calf), Nalaga (rolled ankle) and Shepherd (adductor) will see new short-term signing David Harvey and former NRL player Will Tupou make their Super Rugby debuts.

Harvey, a five eighth signed to a four-game deal earlier this week, will line up at fullback, while Tupou has been slotted in at outside centre.

All up, Force coach Richard Graham has made seven changes to the run-on side which slumped to a 46-19 home loss at the hands of the Hurricanes last week.

Alfie Mafi and Samu Wara have been named on the wings, Angus Cottrell replaces Richard Brown at flanker, prop Pek Cowan returns to the starting line-up, and Sam Wykes will partner Nathan Sharpe in the second row.

The Force are yet to win a game this season, while the Waratahs have snared just one win from three matches.

Western Force: David Harvey, Samu Wara, Will Tupou, Rory Sidey, Alfie Mafi, James Stannard, Brett Sheehan, Matt Hodgson, David Pocock (capt), Angus Cottrell, Nathan Sharpe, Sam Wykes, Salesi Ma'afu, Nathan Charles, Pek Cowan. Res: Ben Whittaker, Kieran Longbottom, Phoenix Battye, Richard Brown, Justin Turner, Ben Seymour, Winston Stanley.

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Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR vs AUS 01:30Twic
USA vs NZL 07:00Soldier Field
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Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs SAM 01:00Stadio Del Duca
ENG vs NZL 01:30Twic
WAL vs AUS 01:30MilS
FRA vs FJI 03:45Stade Velodrome
IRE vs RSA 04:30Lansdowne Road
SCO vs ARG 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs ARG 01:00Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris
ENG vs RSA 01:30Twic
WAL vs FJI 01:30MilS
SCO vs NZL 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
FRA vs AUS 07:00StdF
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE vs GEO 01:30Lansdowne Road
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Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs RSA 01:00Stadio Plebiscito
SCO vs TGA 01:30Rugby Park
IRE vs AUS 03:30Lansdowne Road
WAL vs NZL 04:30MilS
ENG vs SAM 06:00Twic
FRA vs ARG 07:00StdF
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Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG vs AUS 01:30Twic
WAL vs RSA 01:30MilS
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