The St.George Queensland Reds have made three changes to their starting XV for Friday’s clash against the Chiefs in Hamilton.
Prop Harry Hoopert will start in the frontrow, while captain Samu Kerevi has been rested for this match in accordance with Rugby Australia’s workload management policy.
In the absence of Kerevi, lock Izack Rodda will skipper the side this week in Hamilton.
Duncan Paia’aua replaces Kerevi at 12 and Seb Wileman will make his Super Rugby debut at outside centre after Chris Feauai-Sautia was ruled out with a knee injury.
There’s a further five changes on the bench with the long-awaited return of versatile prop Feao Fotuaika from a broken thumb.
Adam Korczyk and Teti Tela have been recalled into Queensland’s 23 while scrumhalf Scott Maloua and outside back Liam McNamara could potentially make their Queensland debuts off the bench.
Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “This is Samu’s rest week as requested by Rugby Australia. Duncan Paia’aua comes in for him at 12.
“Seb Wileman gets his opportunity to make his Queensland debut for Chris Feauai-Sautia who’s out with a knee injury.
“Scott Maloua is another player who has come through the Club Rugby system and the NRC with Queensland Country. He joined us in the pre-season as injury cover. He has been working hard at training and deserves his spot in the 23.
“Liam McNamara has also joined us as injury cover. He’s come through the same Queensland U20s squad as the majority of this squad and knows a lot of the guys. He’s been with the Australian Sevens side and provides good depth to our outside backs. As a group, we congratulate Seb, Scott and Liam on their selection this week,” said Thorn.
Queensland play the Chiefs at FMG Stadium Waikato on Friday night at 5:35pm AEST and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports.
The Reds next home game is in Round 16 when they host the Jaguares at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday June 1. Tickets available via http://bit.ly/2019RedsTickets
St.George Queensland Reds v Chiefs – FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton on May 24 at 5:35pm AEST
1. Harry Hoopert – Brothers
2. Alex Mafi – Bond University
3. Taniela Tupou – Brothers
4. Izack Rodda – Easts (c)
5. Angus Blyth – Bond University
6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto – Souths
7. Liam Wright – Easts
8. Angus Scott-Young – University of Queensland
9. Tate McDermott – University of Queensland
10. Bryce Hegarty – GPS
11. Sefa Naivalu – Norths
12. Duncan Paia’aua – Nortrhs
13. Seb Wileman – Brothers*
14. Jock Campbell – University of Queensland
15. Matt McGahan – Norths
16. Brandon Paenga-Amosa – Sunnybank
17. Feao Fotuaika – Souths
18. Ruan Smith – GPS
19. Adam Korczyk – University of Queensland
20. Scott Higginbotham – Wests
21. Scott Malolua – Souths**
22. Teti Tela – Souths
23. Liam McNamara – Sunnybank**
*Denotes Super Rugby/Queensland debut
**Denotes potential Super Rugby/Queensland debut