VIDEO: Veteran Wallaby to lead Reds

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 06:20

NEWS: The Reds have gone with one of the most experienced players in Australian rugby to lead them in this year's Super Rugby season.

The Queensland Rugby Union announced that Scott Higginbotham will captain the Reds.
 
The 31-year-old will be the 117th captain to lead Queensland in its 136 years of representative rugby.
 
Higginbotham is one of the most experienced members of the current squad, having played 123 Super Rugby games and 34 Tests for Australia. He is also the most prolific try-scoring forward in Super Rugby history.
 
Higginbotham said he was honoured to take on the role.
 
"I'm very honoured to captain the Reds. Being appointed to this position by someone such as Brad means a great deal to me," Higginbotham said.
 
"It's great to lead such a young, exciting and positive bunch of blokes. I've had the privilege of being captain of another Super Rugby team, and that experience will help me now.
 
"I'm also privileged to have the support of other strong leaders in the team, like Samu [Kerevi] and James [Slipper] who have done the role previously. That is only going to strengthen our side."
 
Thorn said Higginbotham was a player who would galvanise the group through his actions.
 
"Scott is a player who leads by example. He's a humble guy who works hard and strives to get the best out of himself and everyone around him," Thorn said.
 
“He has experienced success at the Reds previously, but returned to Ballymore ahead of the 2017 season because he felt he had something to contribute to Queensland's future success and it's clear to everyone how much he cares about this place.
 
"He's also a smart rugby player in good form and he has the respect of his teammates.
 
"It's also important to acknowledge the good work done by James [Slipper] as captain over the last three years and Samu [Kerevi] in the role of stand-in captain last season. They’re still leaders within the group and will provide plenty of support to Scott."
 
Higginbotham made his debut for Queensland in 2008 and went on to play 65 games for Queensland, including a key role in the side's Super Rugby triumph in 2011.
 
The 2018 season will be Higginbotham's second since returning to Queensland, after three seasons with the Melbourne Rebels, including two as captain, and two in Japan's Top League. He returned to Ballymore briefly during this period to contribute to Brisbane City in their undefeated run at the National Rugby Championship title in 2015.
 
The Reds' will play the first of three pre-season fixtures this Friday, February 2 with an intra-squad opposed training session at Ballymore Stadium.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 24 February 2018
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Bath v Sale Sharks 14h30 Recreation Ground
Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 14h30 Twickenham Stoop
Bulls v Hurricanes 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
Ospreys v Cheetahs 17h30 Liberty Stadium
Scarlets v Ulster 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
Sun, 25 February 2018
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Fri, 02 March 2018
Blues v Chiefs 06h35 Eden Park
Reds v Brumbies 09h00 Suncorp Stadium
Kings v Dragons 17h35 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Munster 19h35 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Harlequins v Bath 19h45 Twickenham Stoop
Sat, 03 March 2018
Sunwolves v Rebels 22h00 Tokyo
Crusaders v Stormers 06h35 Christchurch
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 24 February 2018
Waratahs v Stormers 34 | 27
Crusaders v Chiefs 45 | 23
Sunwolves v Brumbies 25 | 32
Fri, 23 February 2018
France v Italy 34 | 17
Leinster v Kings 64 | 7
Dragons v Edinburgh 12 | 25
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 21 | 10
Rebels v Reds 45 | 19
Highlanders v Blues 41 | 34
Mon, 19 February 2018
NWU-Pukke v UJ 18 | 15
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 27 | 32
Maties v CUT-Ixias 75 | 12
NMMU-Madibaz v Wits 29 | 32
Sun, 18 February 2018
Dragons v Treviso 15 | 18
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 13 | 7
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 1 1 0 0 5
Waratahs 1 1 0 0 4
Brumbies 1 1 0 0 4
Sunwolves 1 0 0 1 1
Reds 1 0 0 1 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 1 1 0 0 5
Highlanders 1 1 0 0 4
Blues 1 0 0 1 1
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 2 1 0 1 5
Lions 1 1 0 0 4
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Jaguares 1 0 0 1 0