The St.George Queensland Reds have named their side for this Friday’s return to Super Rugby against the Brumbies in Canberra.
The match-day 23 features a number of new faces, including former Queensland and Australian Schoolboys representative Jack Tuttle, who has been named to make his Reds and Super Rugby debut at fullback. It will also be his first chance to play with younger brother James since high school.
Wallabies lock Kane Douglas and prop Taniela Tupou are also in line to make their Queensland debuts after being named on the bench, while Number 8 Leroy Houston has been named on the bench for his first Super Rugby game since 2011.
The side also features four returning Wallabies from the recent three-Test series against England, with James Slipper, Greg Holmes, Nick Frisby and Samu Kerevi all named in the starting side.
The injury to lock Rob Simmons in last weekend’s Test has presented an opportunity for recent Australian Under 20s representative Lukhan Tui to make his run-on debut for the Reds.
Reds co-interim head coach Nick Stiles said: “The guys are excited to be back in Super Rugby mode. We’re coming off a win against the Sunwolves in our last home game and need to keep building for the remainder of the season.
“This Friday’s match also provides a strong opportunity for a few promising young players, who’ve trained with us all season and now get the chance to gain some valuable experience ahead of next year. Game time at Super Rugby level will be invaluable for their growth and development.”
The Reds play the Brumbies at Canberra Stadium this Friday at 7:40pm.
St.George Queensland Reds side to play Brumbies
7:40pm, Friday 1 July, Canberra Stadium
1. James Slipper (C)
2. Andrew Ready
3. Greg Holmes
4. Cadeyrn Neville
5. Lukhan Tui (run-on debut)
6. Hendrik Tui
7. Liam Gill
8. Curtis Browning
9. Nick Frisby
10. Jake McIntyre
11. Eto Nabuli
12. Henry Taefu
13. Samu Kerevi
14. Chris Kuridrani
15. Jack Tuttle (Queensland/Super Rugby debut)
16. Saia Fainga’a
17. Sef Fa’agase
18. Taniela Tupou (potential Queensland/Super Rugby debut)
19. Kane Douglas (potential Queensland debut)
20. Leroy Houston
21. James Tuttle
22. Duncan Paia’aua
23. Campbell Magnay
This season sees the return of charitable initiative ‘Be Great, Do Good’, with Reds teammates Cadeyrn Neville and Ben Matwijow wearing unique headgear each week to support different charities by raising funds and awareness for their cause.
The initiative was founded by Reds prop Ben Daley, who will continue to support the charities despite missing four months due to injury.
This week the players will wear headgear in support of Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation charity ‘Precious Wings’, which supports grieving families when they have lost a baby or child. To learn more about ‘Be Great, Do Good’ or ‘Precious Wings’ head to www.redsrugby.com.au.