The St.George Queensland Reds have announced their side to take on the NSW Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium in a blockbuster afternoon clash on Easter Sunday.
The match-day 23 features three changes from last week’s team, with the welcome return of experienced players James Slipper, Liam Gill and Saia Fainga’a for the interstate derby.
Gill has been named to start at openside flanker, while prop Slipper and hooker Fainga’a have been named in the reserves. This will be the first game of the season for Gill (lower back) and Slipper (shoulder/knee), while Fainga’a (foot) began the year as the side’s starting hooker but missed the last two matches.
Reds co-interim head coach Nick Stiles said: “It’s good to be able to welcome back three seasoned players who have a lot of experience in these interstate clashes.
“What’s equally pleasing is the work and development we’ve seen in our group over the last few weeks. We were bitterly disappointed to not get the win last weekend and Sunday’s match gives us another opportunity to reward our fans with a good performance at home.
“This is an important game for us and we know to expect a very physical, spirited clash when we take on New South Wales.
“We’ve been building into our season and developing our game and the players have worked incredibly hard to this point – now we want to see the results of that hard work.
“It’s Queensland v New South Wales, Sunday afternoon Rugby, it doesn’t get much better.”
The Reds face the NSW Waratahs in Brisbane this Sunday, 27 March, at Suncorp Stadium at 3:05pm (local time). The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports.
St.George Queensland Reds team to play NSW Waratahs
3:05pm, Sunday 27 March, Suncorp Stadium
1. Sef Fa’agase
2. Andrew Ready
3. Greg Holmes
4. Cadeyrn Neville
5. Rob Simmons (C)
6. Hendrik Tui
7. Liam Gill
8. Jake Schatz
9. Nick Frisby
10. Jake McIntyre
11. Eto Nabuli
12. Anthony Fainga’a
13. Samu Kerevi
14. Chris Feauai-Sautia
15. Karmichael Hunt
16. Saia Fainga’a
17. James Slipper
18. Sam Talakai
19. Ben Matwijow
20. Curtis Browning
21. Scott Gale
22. Sam Greene
23. Ayumu Goromaru
This Queensland Under 20s have the bye this weekend, after already securing a home final in the inaugural Super U20s Championship following wins over NSW Gen Blue (37-22), Western Force U20s (43-7), Melbourne Rebels U20s (39-31) and Brumbies Colts (34-20).
The Super U20s Championship final will be held at Ballymore Stadium on Sunday 3 April at 2:00pm (local time).