After missing Western's trial win over Riverina Justin Carney and Josh Starling have both been added to the Rams' side to face France at Parkes next Wednesday night, with coach Tim Ryan confirming his squad for the landmark match.
Nyngan captain-coach Carney and boom Bathurst Panthers recruit Starling were both unavailable for last weekend's trial against the Bulls, in which the Rams came together spectacularly to notch a confidence and momentum-building 18-6 win.
All those who inspired that spirited win have retained their places and Ryan has named Carney and Starling named on an extended bench, although there's still a chance Ryan will make changes ahead of the clash.
Forbes' Mitch Burke and livewire Parkes fullback Sam Dwyer were both added to the squad after missing the trial win as well, they've also been named on the side's extended bench.
Dubbo CYMS' Alex Ronayne will once again skipper the side after a strong show as skipper against the Bulls, while there are six other Group 11 players in the squad.
Western rakes on France at Parkes' Jock Colley Field on Wednesday, October 30, from 7pm.
- WESTERN RAMS: 1 Will Lousick (Wellington Cowboys), 2 Lachie Munro (Orange CYMS), 3 Jackson Brien (Oberon Tigers), 4 Blake Lawson (Bathurst Panthers), 5 Aidan Ryan (Wellington Cowboys), 6 Josh Merritt (Nyngan Tigers), 7 Chad Porter (Parkes Spacemen), 8 Ethan McKellar (Orange Hawks), 9 Ryan Griffin (Orange CYMS), 10 Brandon Tago (Parkes Spacemen), 11 Alex Ronayne (Dubbo CYMS - captain), 12 Ben Maguire (Forbes Magpies), 13 Jake Betts (Bathurst Panthers); BENCH: 14 Nick Loader (Bathurst Panthers), 15 Sam Dwyer (Parkes Spacemen), 16 Ben Marlin (Dubbo CYMS), 17 Jed Betts (Bathurst Panthers), 18 Casey Burgess (Mudgee Dragons), 19 Justin Carney (Nyngan Tigers), 20 Josh Starling (Bathurst Panthers), 21 Mitch Burke (Forbes Magpies)