Stiles shuffles team for Jaguares clash

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:40
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Reds head coach Nick Stiles has made seven changes to his starting side for their first-ever meeting with the Jaguares.

In the forwards, prop Markus Vanzati will make his run-on debut in place of injured captain James Slipper. Stephen Moore, who will captain the side in Slipper's absence, returns to the starting side, with Andrew Ready on the bench.
 
Young lock Izack Rodda has recovered from a head knock suffered against the Crusaders and returns to the starting side in place of Rob Simmons.
 
In the back row, Leroy Houston has been presented his first opportunity of the season at starting blindside flank ahead of Hendrik Tui, while Adam Korczyk replaces George Smith in the No.7 jersey for the first time this year.
 
In the backs, James Tuttle has earned his run-on debut in the No.9 jersey, with Nick Frisby on the bench. Tuttle will partner with Jake McIntyre, who comes in for the suspended Quade Cooper.
 
Stiles has also named two potential debutants on the bench in prop Kirwan Sanday and outside back Lachlan Maranta.
 
"We always knew we'd need to use a good mix of players over the course of these two tour games because it's a grueling trip. We've also got the benefit of depth and genuine competition for spots, so it's important to reward the players who have been working hard to crack into the side," Stiles said.
 
"It's going to be a challenging match. The Jaguares are similar to the Lions in a lot of ways, they love to run the ball. They're also a very passionate side. They play with physicality and their heart on their sleeve. We know it's going to be tough."
 
Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Adam Korczyk, 6 Leroy Houston, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Markus Vanzati.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Lukhan Tui, 20 Hendrik Tui, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Lachie Maranta, 23 Chris Kuridrani.

Date: Saturday, March 25
Venue: Estadio Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires
Kick-off: 18.40 (21.40 GMT; 07.40 Sunday, March 26 AEST)
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand), Damian Schneider (Argentina)
TMO: Santiago Borsani (Argentina)

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