Cape Town - The Reds have added further depth to their back
stocks with the signing of former Queensland representative Ben Lucas for the 2018
Lucas first represented Queensland from 2008 to 2014,
notching 73 caps in Super Rugby before heading overseas to play in France and
Japan for the past three years.
The 30-year-old utility offers cover in a number of
positions, having previously filled the role of scrumhalf, flyhalf, wing and
fullback throughout his time at the Reds.
Lucas said: “I’m really happy to be back at Ballymore.
Queensland has always been my home. I loved every minute of my time at the
Reds. It was tough to leave and I’ve kept a close eye on what was happening at
Ballymore while I was away,” he said.
“Brad doesn’t say a lot but I appreciate what he does say
and his philosophy on Rugby. I think it suits the way I play.
“It’s a squad with a lot of young guys and some old heads.
The best thing is everyone is keen to get stuck in. I can’t wait to get amongst
Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “It’s good to be able to
welcome a former Queensland representative back to Ballymore. Ben’s excited by
the opportunity to come back and contribute.”
Lucas will join Reds’ pre-season preparations immediately,
with their first fixture two weeks away.