Rod McCall (65)
I've said it at least a dozen times, get Godwin in there. He's in the squad, is Aussie qualified and has been through the junior development pathway. He's worth a try IMHO.
Rebel Rising v Emirates Western Force A
Friday, 23 March 2012 at AAMI Park, Melbourne
1. Tetera Faulkner
2. Elvis Taione
3. Salesi Manu
4. Phoenix Battye
5. Blake Enever
6. Anare Koliavu
7. Ryan Hodson (c)
8. Lachlan McCaffrey
9. AJ Smith
10. Ben Seymour
11. Ben Titoko
12. Terence Hepetema
13. Ammon Matuato
14. Tyrone Lefau
15. Kyle Godwin
16. Ray Barkwill
17. Ollie Hoskins
18. Joe Savage
19. Jake Ball
20. Nick Haining
21. Wes Roberts
22. Hayden Baird
23. Chance Bunce
I keep seeing this Ollie Hoskins' name around. He must still be Oz U20 eligible as well.
What are you WA blokes' opinions on him?
Another of the mugs who are training full time with the squad on no contract he is a big bloke for 19/20 he is part of the under 20 Aus programme. He is very promising good scrummager at L/H but can get lost around the park. But like another young up and coming prop from WA Cruze Ah-nue I fear he will be lost with out the backing of WA rugby to give him a go with the big boys.
I just hope player like Goodwin and Ball are thrown in the deep end soon and they we can see if they will sink or swim instead of the preconceived ideas of the Perth comp.
Goodwin played in the Force A last week and I think he will line up again this week against the Rebel Rising so he is still there about coming back from injury. The issue is i don’t think anyone at the force (coaches) rate the local comp and would rather look to players from over east than give a local guy a chance.
Yes the local comp may not be up to the standard of others but some of the players I have no doubt can make the step up. So many of them have made the move east to play shield rugby and have done a good job but still have been overlooked returned back to Perth and have been lost to the system.
Until someone with some balls as Rugby WA stands up and says its time to give the local boys are real shot not just the chance to train with us this will continue to happen.
The forces have a young local Lock in there training team atm Jack Ball. A very promising young lock how has been given the chance to train full time with big boys (for free) they did the same thing with another local player Brent Murphy a few years ago and he was never given the chance to step up. He went east played his heart out and from what I heard did really well. But still no Super rugby and know he is 25 and I fear will never get that chance.
I just hope player like Goodwin and Ball are thrown in the deepen end soon and they we can see if they will sink or swim instead of the preconceived ideas of the Perth comp.
Cotteral has been going ok but the Force need to get Wykes into 6. He is a good athlete and from six he can play a bit wider giving the force a bit more potencey out wide.
Exactly. They are in a position where they can afford to have him playing wider. Out wide is where the Force has issues and Wykes could offer a bit more of a threat in the loose.Wykes has been great at the Force and I can't believe there is any criticism of the way he's played. He'd be one of my first picked every week. Besides, the problem is not the pack. The Force forwards were all over the Rebels like an ill-fitting shirt on Friday night, but we went sideways to blokes standing still in attack.