McKenzie: Reds rivalry healthy

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 07:45
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Reds Director of Coaching Ewen McKenzie said competition is "fierce" between players pushing to earn their place in the starting team.

Reds Director of Coaching Ewen McKenzie said competition is "fierce" between players pushing to earn their place in the starting team.

The Reds are currently preparing for trial matches against the Blues in Toowoomba on Saturday, February 2 and defending champion Chiefs on the Sunshine Coast on Friday, February 8.

The encounter against the Blues in Toowoomba will be the first opportunity to stars like playmaker Quade Cooper - who will be calling the shots in the No.10 jersey.

The Reds will return to the Sunshine Coast six days later when McKenzie's squad puts the finishing touches on their pre-season preparations with a blockbuster encounter against the Chiefs.

"During the next fortnight our entire squad has the chance to reap the rewards of the hard work they've put in during months of preseason activity by taking an opportunity that will be presented to them during our two trial matches," McKenzie said.

"We have created an environment where there is healthy competition across every position and it's now up to each individual to put their best foot forward and push their case for selection.

"There is a huge incentive for those that perform to earn their spot during the opening two rounds against the Brumbies and Waratahs, with our match against New South Wales on February 23 also a chance to play in-front of a packed out Suncorp Stadium crowd."

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 28 October 2016
Ulster v Munster 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Glasgow Warriors v Treviso 18h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Scarlets 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Edinburgh v Zebre 18h35 BT Murrayfield
Northampton Saints v Gloucester 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 29 October 2016
Harlequins v Worcester Warriors 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 14h00 Allianz Park
Ospreys v Dragons 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Leinster v Connacht 16h15 RDS Arena
Sun, 30 October 2016
Wasps v Newcastle Falcons 14h30 Ricoh Arena
Bristol v Sale Sharks 15h00 Ashton Gate
Exeter Chiefs v Bath 15h00 Sandy Park
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9