Reds add depth to forward stocks

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 06:56
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NEWS: The Queensland Rugby Union continues to build its squad for the 2018 season with the re-signing of loose forward Caleb Timu, while also locking in Australian Under-20s second-row pair Angus Blyth and Harry Hockings.

Timu and Blyth have signed through 2018, while Hockings will be at the side until at least 2020.
 
While yet to make his Super Rugby debut, Timu (23) has impressed during his appearances in Queensland Premier Rugby this year, while diligently making his way back from a knee injury. Standing at 190cm and weighing in at 122kg, he is a big, dynamic forward with plenty of potential.
 
Timu joins a healthy stable of loose forwards already committed for the 2018 season, including George Smith, Scott Higginbotham, Adam Korczyk, Reece Hewat and Michael Gunn.
 
Blyth (19) and Hockings (18) are both products of the Queensland Rugby pathway and were members of the undefeated Queensland U20s side which claimed its second-successive national title earlier this year.
 
The pair have also recently returned from representing Australia at the World Rugby U20s Championship in Georgia.
 
Blyth is also a recipient of the John Eales Rugby Excellence Scholarship at Bond University, which recognises exceptional Rugby players with strong academic, leadership and community skills.
 
The Reds' lock stocks for 2018 also include Kane Douglas, Lukhan Tui and Izack Rodda.
 
Reds head coach Nick Stiles said: :It's good to add further depth to our forward stocks for the 2018 season and beyond.
 
"Caleb's got a lot of promise – he's a big body, he moves really well and at only 23 years old we're yet to see him realise his full potential on a rugby field.  
 
"We've been impressed with the way he's applied himself to ensure he's ready to make the most of his opportunities when he finally makes his debut.
 
"Angus and Harry are two young locks who have come through the Queensland pathway. They've been strong contributors to the Queensland and Australian Under-20s programs and we're looking forward to seeing how they progress as they transition into the Reds squad."

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Sat, 29 July 2017
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Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
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Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28