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    Reds name side to face Force

    2017-05-24 08:46

    Brisbane - Reds coach Nick Stiles has kept changes to a minimum in his side to take on the Force at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.

    Kick-off is at 11:45 SA time.

    The Reds head into the match fresh from the bye following a win over the Melbourne Rebels the weekend before. 

    Injury has forced the only change to that starting side, with Chris Kuridrani replacing young wing Campbell Magnay, who has been ruled out due to a concussion.

    The only other changes to the team are among the reserves.

    James Tuttle returns to the match-day 23 in the back-up scrumhalf role in place of Moses Sorovi, while Jake McIntyre and Lachlan Maranta have been brought onto the bench in place of Australian Under 20s representatives Hamish Stewart and Izaia Perese, respectively. 

    Stiles said: “It’s nice to be able to put out a fairly consistent team and reward guys for their performance against the Rebels two weeks ago. 

    “We felt we’ve made a lot of progress as a group in recent weeks and are really starting to hit our stride, but it doesn’t get any easier this week. We know the Force will come into this match desperate for a win. We need to match that desperation and desire for 80 minutes and if we do that, we should produce a performance we can be proud of.” 

    Friday’s match will also see Reds hooker Stephen Moore equal Keven Mealamu’s record as the second-most capped Super Rugby player of all time, when he runs out for his 175th match in the competition.

    Teams:

    Reds

    15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi (captain), 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Lukhan Tui, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sef Fa'agase

    Substitutes: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Jake McIntyre, 23 Lachlan Maranta

    Force

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