Moore returns to face Waratahs

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:47
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Reds head coach Nick Stiles has made minimal changes to the matchday 23 which defeated the Southern Kings two weeks ago, for their clash against the Waratahs.

The return of Stephen Moore is the only change in the starting side.
 
Moore returns in place of Alex Mafi, who has moved to the bench.
 
The other changes to the side are all in the reserves, with a number of players returning from injury.
 
Lock Izack Rodda returns from a shoulder injury to take the place of Kane Douglas in the reserves.
 
No.8 Leroy Houston gets his first opportunity in the Reds jersey in 2017, after finally recovering from an eye injury suffered in the lead up to their Round Four match against the Jaguares. Houston takes his place in the reserves ahead of Adam Korczyk.
 
Campbell Magnay is also lining up for his first game in 2017 after completing a lengthy rehabilitation from shoulder and hip injuries. Magnay has replaced wing Chris Kuridrani in the reserves.
 
Although Moore returns to the starting lineup this week, Stiles said he opted to keep Samu Kerevi as captain to continue his development as a leader.
 
"Samu carried himself well in his first outing as captain two weeks ago and we wanted to give him more time in the role so he can build on that experience.
 
"Stephen did a fine job as captain in the absence of James Slipper, and his role as a leader within the group won't change – he was brought back to Queensland to help develop the next generation of leaders and he'll continue to do that."
 
Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Samu Kerevi (captain), 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Lukhan Tui, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sef Fa’agase.       
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Leroy Houston, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Campbell Magnay.

Date: Saturday, April 29
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 19.45 (09.45 GMT)
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jordan Way (Australia), Damon Murphy (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

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