Western Force opt to 'rest' Wallabies star Dane Haylett-Petty for Crusaders and Blues

Dane Haylett-Petty won't play for the Force in New Zealand.
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Dane Haylett-Petty won't play for the Force in New Zealand.

The Western Force travel to New Zealand without Wallabies star Dane Haylett-Petty because he's being 'rested'.

A 25-man squad was named after the Force's bye week for back-to-back matches in New Zealand against the Crusaders on Friday and the Blues a week later.

But the Force are giving one of their main striker players in Haylett-Petty, who was last year named Wallaby rookie of the year, time off as they bid for shock wins across the Tasman, report Fox Sports.

Haylett-Petty won the first of his 14 Wallabies test caps against England last year and became a regular fixture on the wing.

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The Force have opened their 2017 season against three Australian rivals and beat the Reds 26-19 in Perth in between away defeats to the Waratahs (19-13) and the Brumbies (25-17).

Western Force's 25-man squad for New Zealand tour: Heath Tessmann (c), Jermaine Ainsley, Richie Arnold, Marcel Brache, Robbie Coleman, Pek Cowan, Ben Daley, Tetera Faulkner, Ross Haylett-Petty, Richard Hardwick, Matt Hodgson, Kane Koteka, Jono Lance, Ryan Louwrens, Bill Meakes, Luke Morahan, Isi Naisarani, Alex Newsome, Chance Peni, Matt Philip, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Ian Prior, Anaru Rangi, Curtis Rona, Michael Ruru

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