Moore to lead Reds into battle
TEAMS ANNOUNCEMENT: Veteran Wallaby Stephen Moore will lead the Reds when they play the Brumbies in Brisbane on Friday.
Moore returns to starting hooker and will captain the side in the absence of injured centre Samu Kerevi (ankle) in the penultimate league round of the 2017 Super Rugby competition.
The match will be Moore's 176th Super Rugby appearance, which sees him overtake former All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu as the second-most capped Super Rugby player of all time.
Crusaders and All Black prop Wyatt Crockett tops the list of most capped Super Rugby players with 183 appearances.
Departing stalwart Rob Simmons has been named as starting blindside flank in his final home game for the Reds, in one of a number of changes coach Nick Stiles made to the team.
Simmons has been named in the No.6 jersey in place of the injured Hendrik Tui, who returned from international duties with shoulder and rib complaints.
Adam Korczyk also returns to the starting side at No.8, in place of Scott Higginbotham, who has also been ruled out of Friday's clash due to a lingering neck injury.
Stiles has also made two changes to the backline, with Campbell Magnay promoted to starting outside centre, in place of Kerevi, and wing Izaia Perese back in the starting side after returning from representing the Australian Under-20 team.
Recently re-signed loose forward Caleb Timu is again in line to make his Queensland and Super Rugby debut after being named in the reserves.
Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Adam Korczyk, 7 George Smith, 6 Rob Simmons, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Sef Fa'agase.
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Markus Vanzati, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Caleb Timu, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Chris Kuridrani.
Date: Friday, July 7
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 19.45 (09.45 GMT)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nicholas Berry (New Zealand), Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)