Stiles tweaks matchday squad for Force
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Reds head coach Nick Stiles has made just one change to his 23-man squad which beat the Sharks 28-26 for their clash against the Western Force.
Prop Taniela Tupou has been named in the reserves following the completion of his two-week suspension due to foul play in the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens.
Izaia Perese remains in line to make his Queensland and Super Rugby debut, after missing out on taking the field in last week's match.
Stiles said: "We were pleased to get the win at home in Round 1, but this week presents a fresh challenge. We know there's plenty of work to do.
"This is our first away trip of the season and also our first Australian derby. It's an important match and no doubt both teams will be fighting hard for a win. It's always an arm wrestle against the Force."
Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Adam Korczyk, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Sef Fa'agase. 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Hendrik Tui, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Jake McIntyre, 23 Izaia Perese
Date: Thursday, March 2
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 18.30 (20.30 AEST; 10.30 GMT)
Assistant referees: TBC