The Queensland Reds Team to face the Waratahs has been announced. James Horwill is set to play out of position in the back row for the Reds opening Super clash with the Waratahs on Saturday
Qantas Wallabies lock James Horwill has switched to the backrow in a beefed up Queensland Reds pack preparing to give the NSW Waratahs a torrid battle up front in their Super 14 season opener on Saturday.
Reds captain Horwill will play at blindside flanker, allowing the fiery Adam Byrnes to pack down alongside veteran Van Humphries in the second row.
In another switch, new coach Ewen McKenzie has named Wallabies outside centre Digby Ioane on the wing, partnering Morgan Turinui in the centres with Anthony Faingaa.
McKenzie said the Super 14 competition demanded innovation, especially from a Reds team that has been unsuccessful for the past few years.
“As Robbie Deans showed during the Wallaby season, you can’t keep doing things the same way,” McKenzie said.
“To move ahead you have to take some calculated risks. You have to try to find an edge.”
McKenzie could field two Super rugby debutants with NRL Melbourne Storm premiership winner Will Chambers and young prop James Slipper named on the bench.
Wallabies Will Genia and Quade Cooper will orchestrate the Reds attack from scrumhalf and flyhalf, with Genia named as vice-captain.
Queensland Reds: Peter Hynes, Digby Ioane, Morgan Turinui, Anthony Faingaa, Rod Davies), Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Scott Higginbotham, Daniel Braid, James Horwill, Van Humphries, Adam Byrnes, Laurie Weeks, Sean Hardman, Ben Daley. Res: Saia Faingaa, James Slipper, Ezra Taylor, Andrew Shaw, Richard Kingi, Tim Walsh, Will Chambers.
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