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Western Force return in World Series rugby alongside 'power try'

There will be some familiar faces on show when Western Force return to the field on Friday night but rugby fans should prepare themselves for a series of law variations, including the "power try".

The Force on Tuesday unveiled its squad for the first match in World Series Rugby which will see them face off with Fiji Warriors at nib Stadium on Friday. The team will be captained by Ian Prior while veteran Force players Peter Grant and Heath Tessman will also line up. Former Waratahs squad member Andrew Deegan is among the new faces as is 11-game Chiefs back-rower Johan Bardoul.

But it's a set of new laws designed to make the game more entertaining that could generate more interest than the players themselves, particularly a nine-point "power try".

A team will have the opportunity to score nine points, providing the conversion is also successful, when a try is scored as result of play being initiated within a team's own 22. If a penalty is awarded or possession swaps, the power try is no more.

The concept was cleared by World Rugby after Fiji Warriors had already agreed to the trial.

"What you will see in the World Series Rugby matches this year has the potential to revolutionise the way rugby is played, but it is only the beginning of how we are thinking about the future of this great game," Force chief executive Nick Marvin said.

"All the feedback we are receiving - from diehard fans, players, officials and the wider community - is that something needs to change, and we are prepared to be the ones to lead the way."

As well as the power try, World Series Rugby will also allow teams to make 12 substitutions instead of the usual eight while the set-piece will undergo a shake-up. Scrums will need to be completed within one minute from the time the mark is set while a lineout can begin as soon as the throwing team is ready.

"These changes will test the players and pump up the spectators in the stands," Force great and Elite Head of Performance Matt Hodgson said.

"The Western Force team supports the changes and the sides coming to Perth to tackle the Force are keen to try this fast new style of play. This is what our game needs to retain supporters and thrive in the future."

World Series Rugby is the brainchild of billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest with the Force to play six more games following Friday night's opener against Fiji Warriors. Super Rugby sides the Rebels and Crusaders will travel to Perth during the June Test break.

Force squad: Peter Grant, Rod Davies, Marcel Brache, Rodney Iona, Brad Lacey, Andrew Deegan, Ian Prior (capt), Brynard Stander, Chris Alcock, Tevin Ferris, Johan Bardoul, Fergus Lee-Warner, Chris Heiberg, Heath Tessmann (vc), Harry Lloyd. Res: Alifeleti Kaitu'u, Tom Sheminant, Kieran Longbottom, Leon Power, Harrison Orr, Ryan Louwrens, AJ Alatimu, Clay Uyen.