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Western Force stars picked for national duties with Samoa and US in Pacific Nations Cup

Four Western Force players will play in next month’s Pacific Nations Cup with places in the World Cup up for grabs.

Three, playmaker AJ Alatimu, loose-forward Henry Stowers and centre Henry Taefu have been selected for Samoa while fellow midfielder Marcel Brache is back in the US Eagles squad.

They were all in the Force side that finished the Global Rapid Rugby showcase series undefeated.

Head of GRR rugby Matt Hodgson said: “We’re delighted that the 2019 Global Rapid Rugby showcase has provided a platform for players from across the Asia-Pacific to press their claims for World Cup selection.

“It’s important that players are competing consistently at a high level so that they are at the forefront of selectors minds.

“One of our primary goals for Global Rapid Rugby was to establish pathways for players to perform at an elite level in their own country, where they can grow as a player as well as contribute and grow the game within that community.”

Stowers said it had been a dream to play for his country.

“I always pictured myself to be there, but I don’t think it will really register until I get there. I guess once I play my first game, my debut, that is when it will all feel real,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to getting the opportunity to go out there and play with guys that I grew up watching and learning as much as I can from the senior players.”

Alatimu said: “I’m super excited to be a part of the team, hopefully I get a chance to show what I have to offer and do my family and my country proud.”

Meanwhile the Force will begin recruiting for next year’s $1million GRR competition after losing at least three players.

Second-rower Leon Power has retired, back-up scrum-half Michael McDonald who featured in the junior Wallabies world cup campaign has been snapped up by the Waratahs academy and back-rower Harrison Orr has also left.

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