Western Force coach Michael Foley is likely to give a glimpse into the future by playing Australian Junior World Cup playmaker Kyle Godwin at inside centre in Friday's pre-season trial against the ACT Brumbies in Darwin.

The local product was Australia's first choice fly-half at last year's championship, but has been training in both the No.10 and 12 positions.

"We've had Kyle training at 12, he looked particularly impressive there for a young man," Foley said.

"When we signed him we talked about the fact that he could play positions other than 10.

"While he is young, he has a good all-round skill set and he's certainly tough. He makes good decisions under pressure which is not always the case with young players."

Godwin, 20, a former Aquinas College student who represented WA at under-15 and under-16 levels and captained the WA school side before making the Australian schoolboys team, faces stiff competition for a centre spot.

Foley will field a revamped back-line with new signings Jayden Hayward, Chris Tuatara-Morrison, Sam Norton-Knight and Junior Rasolea joining Winston Stanley and Will Tupou in the push for places.

Hayward, who has been training regularly next to Tuatara-Morrison, said combinations needed to click straight away.

"There are no second chances at this level. If you slip up you could find yourself back down the ranks. Places are on the line," he said.

Foley would not reveal his run-on side but did confirm that his expected Super Rugby starting halves, former All Black scrum-half Alby Mathewson and junior Springbok playmaker Sias Ebersohn would begin Friday's game.

The starting side, chosen from a travelling squad of 31 that has 13 new faces, will play the entire first half before unlimited substitutions in the second period.

Foley said Friday's match and a second trial against a Tongan XV the following Friday in Mandurah would go a long way towards determining selection for the season opener against the Rebels.

"We've definitely got a 15 in mind, but there's opportunity for a number of players to stake claims," Foley said. "There are a number of positions that are very close."

The match will be the first time the Force face former captain David Pocock.

Injured scrum-half Brett Sheehan and hooker Ben Whittaker will not play, Wallabies winger Nick Cummins is rested and Norton-Knight hasn't arrived from Japan.


  • Force squad: *Chris Alcock, Phoenix Battye, Corey Brown, Richard Brown, Nathan Charles, Sam Christie, Angus Cottrell, Pek Cowan, Patrick Dellit, Sias Ebersohn, Tetera Faulkner, Kyle Godwin, Jayden Hayward, Matt Hodgson (c), Kieran Longbottom, Toby Lynn, Salesi Ma'afu, Alfie Mafi, Alby Mathewson, Lachlan McCaffrey, Ben McCalman, Hugh McMeniman, Junior Rasolea, Mick Snowden, Winston Stanley, Ed Stubbs, Heath Tessmann, Chris Tuatara-Morrison, Will Tupou, Rory Walton, Sam Wykes.

"There are no second chances at this level. If you slip up you could find yourself back down the ranks."" *Jayden Hayward *

The West Australian

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