Vodacom Super 14

Turinui blow for Reds

2009-02-11 10:22
Reds centre Morgan Turinui (File)
Pretoria - Centre Morgan Turinui has succumbed to a shoulder injury and will miss the Reds' Super 14 opener against the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday.

According to the Australian Associated Press, coach Phil Mooney said Turinui had carried the injury through all three trial games and would be rested for the Reds' first visit to Loftus Versfeld since their record 92-3 loss two seasons ago.

The former Wallaby vice-captain's place will be taken by the tough-tackling Charlie Fetoai, who himself has recovered from a knee injury suffered in the Reds' opening trail against the Waratahs.

"We could have played him (Turinui) but he's been favouring the shoulder all through the trials and there's a long way to go in this competition," Mooney said.

"Charlie will do a good job in the role."

Mooney's squad includes seven new caps, including former All Blacks forward Daniel Braid and ex-NRL player Mark McLinden.

Reds hooker Sean Hardman will become the first player to clock up 100 Super Rugby games for the Reds.

The match will kick off at 19:10.

Reds:

Peter Hynes, Digby Ioane, Charlie Fetoai, Berrick Barnes (captain), Brando Va'aulu, Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas, Leroy Houston, Daniel Braid, Scott Higginbotham, Adam Byrnes, Van Humphries, Dayna Edwards, Sean Hardman, Greg Holmes

Reserves: Saia Faingaa, Laurie Weeks, Robert Simmons, Poutasi Luafutu, Will Genia, Anthony Faingaa, Mark McLinden

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