Hanson reaches his half-ton

Thu, 30 May 2013 08:31
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Hooker James Hanson will celebrate his milestone 50th game for the Reds when they host the Melbourne Rebels at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

Hooker James Hanson will celebrate his milestone 50th game for the Reds when they host the Melbourne Rebels at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

Hanson has been capped in 48 of the Reds' past 49 matches since the beginning of the 2011 Super Rugby season, with his efforts also recognised on a national level when he debuted for the Wallabies against the All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium last year.

"It's a huge honour to reach the milestone and to have played a part in the team's success over the past few seasons has been incredible," Hanson said.

Hanson is one of five changes made to the Reds' starting line-up for their final Super Rugby regular season fixture before the June Test window.

Director of Coaching Ewen McKenzie has re-shaped his loose trio for Saturday's clash with Eddie Quirk and Beau Robinson coming in at blindside and openside flank respectively.

Injuries to Chris Feauai-Sautia (hamstring) and Jono Lance (neck) will see Ben Tapuai come in at outside centre and playmaker Ben Lucas wear the No.15 jersey for the first time this year.

Following 13 consecutive starts to commence the season, Quirk was used as a late-game closer on the bench against the Stormers at the weekend but has been promoted once again alongside Robinson, who has successfully recovered from an early season ankle injury to have featured in the Reds past four matches.

"We're blessed here in Queensland with the amount of quality backrowers we have available to us and this depth really allows us the opportunity to use various combinations and implement different strategies relevant to our opposition," McKenzie said.

"Our players are also aware of the roles expected from them as either 'starters' or 'finishers' and ultimately the contributions of each, irrespective of when they are on the field, are equally as important as each other," he added.

McKenzie expressed confidence that Liam Gill and Radike Samo would add tremendous value off the bench.

"Liam has been an absolute standout for us this season and combined with Radike on the bench we feel they'll make a huge difference as impact players this week while also giving two form players in Eddie and Beau a chance."

The Reds have never lost to the Rebels in their five total Super Rugby matches, including two wins at Suncorp Stadium - 53-3 in 2011 and 11-6 in 2012 - and also a 23-13 victory at AAMI Park in Melbourne earlier this year.

Reds: 15 Ben Lucas, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Anthony Faingaa, 11 Luke Morahan, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 James Hanson, 1 Greg Holmes.
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Ed O'Donoghue, 19 Radike Samo, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Mike Harris.

Date: Saturday, June 1
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 19.40; 09.40 GMT
Referee: James Leckie (Australia)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)
TMO: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)

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Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 18h45 Welford Road
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
Dragons v Scarlets 14h05 Rodney Parade
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Wasps v Northampton Saints 14h00 Ricoh Arena
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Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
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Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 87 4 0 4 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Blues 8 2 0 6 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 16
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14