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Wallabies duo return for Western Force

By AAP
(Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The Western Force’s front-row stocks have received a huge double boost after Wallabies forwards Tom Robertson and Folau Fainga’a were cleared to return for Friday night’s crunch clash with Fijian Drua at HBF Park.

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Hooker Fainga’a has battled an Achilles heel injury all season and hasn’t featured since playing in the round-five loss to the Blues.

Prop Robertson is back after missing two matches with a calf strain.

Their experience and class could prove critical as the Force (3-7) attempt to snap a two-match losing run that has resulted in them tumbling to 11th spot on the Super Rugby Pacific ladder.

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Fijian Drua are four points ahead of the Force in eighth spot, making Friday’s clash a crucial encounter in the race for a top-eight berth.

Force No.8 Rahbni Vosayaco returns to the starting line-up following the birth of his son, with recent signing Isi Naisarani relegated to the bench.

Prop Angus Wagner is back after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Sevens star Max Burey retains his spot at five-eighth in an unchanged backline from the team that lost to the Crusaders 48-13 in Christchurch last week.

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FORCE: Angus Wagner, Folau Fainga’a, Tom Robertson, Jeremy Williams, Ryan McCauley, Michael Wells (capt), Carlo Tizzano, Rahboni Vosayaco, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Max Burey, Manasa Mataele, Hamish Stewart, Sam Spink, Zach Kibirige, Chase Tiatia. Res: Tom Horton, Marley Pearce, Siosifa Amone, Felix Kalapu, Tim Anstee, Isi Naisarani, Ian Prior, George Poolman.

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