Liam Wright set for Reds run-on debut
Cape Town - The Reds have named their team to take on the
Brumbies in their first home game of the 2018 Super Rugby season at Suncorp
Stadium this Friday.
The Reds have made two forced personnel changes to their
starting XV, to cover the losses of Number 8 Scott Higginbotham and lock Lukhan
Tui to suspension.
Tui has been replaced by Kane Douglas, while Higginbotham’s
absence has caused a reshuffle in the back row. Liam Wright will make his
run-on debut at openside flank, with Caleb Timu shifting to Number 8 and Adam
Korczyk moving to blindside flank.
Lock Harry Hockings and back rower Angus Scott-Young are
also in line for a potential Queensland and Super Rugby debut after being named
on the bench. The pair have risen through the Queensland pathway, having
represented the state's U20s and Bond University Queensland Country in recent
The Reds have also named prop James Slipper as interim
captain, in the absence of Higginbotham.
Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “Friday is our first chance
to play in front of our home fans and the guys are keen to bounce back from a
disappointing loss last weekend.
“The Brumbies are a solid team. They’re strong at their set
piece and around the breakdown. They’ve been together for a long time, they’ll
be a tough challenge.
“Clearly we’re disappointed to lose Scott and Lukhan but it
has happened and we just need to get on with it. We had a challenging
pre-season and everyone came out the other side better for it, so I’ve got full
confidence in the guys that are stepping into those roles.
“We welcomed five new faces to the Reds family last week and
there’s the potential for another couple of debutants this Friday. I’ve worked
with Harry and Angus for the last two years and I’m excited to see them get an
15 Aidan Toua, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jono Lance, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Caleb Timu, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Adam Korczyk, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 James Slipper (captain)
Substitutes: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 JP Smith, 18 Sef Fa’agase, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Filipo Daugunu
15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Chance Peni, 10 Christian Lealiifano (co-captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Lachlan Mccaffrey, 5 Sam Carter, (co-captain) 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Ben Alexander
Substitutes: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Lausii Taliauli