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Squads: Reds vs. Rebels

  • Squads: Reds vs. Rebels

The Queensland Reds and the Melbourne Rebels have both named their squads for this weekends Australian derby clash up in Brisbane on Saturday night.

The home side goes in unchanged, meaning hooker Saia Fainga'a will start on the bench and Mike Harris at fullback.

The Rebels make several changes to thei team. Firstly, Toby Smith returns from injury and takes up his position at loosehead prop, with Cruze Ah-Nau dropping down to the bench while Max Lahiff gets left out of the squad altogether.

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Both Shota Horie and Male Sau have travelled overseas to take part in World Cup qualifiers for the Japan national team, so Pat Leafa retains his starting spot at hooker while Steve Fualau gets promoted to the bench. Former Waratah Tom Kingston replaces Sau on the wing, with Jack Debreczeni getting his first start for the Rebels off the bench. Telusa Veainu has recovered from injury to replace Angus Roberts on the replacements list.

Hugh Pyle and Sean McMahon will once again start from the bench, as does Ben Meehan who continues to replace the injured Nic Stirzaker as the back-up scrumhalf.

QUEENSLAND REDS: 1. Daley, 2. Hanson, 3. Holmes, 4. Simmons, 5. Horwill (c), 6. Browning, 7. Robinson, 8. Schatz, 9. Genia, 10. Cooper, 11. Taulagi, 12. Fainga’a, 13. Tapuai, 14. Shipperley, 15. Harris
Replacements: 16. Fainga’a, 17. Anae, 18. Owen, 19. O’Donoghue, 20. McDuling, 21. Frisby, 22. Lucas, 23. Davies

MELBOURNE REBELS: 1. Smith, 2. Leafa, 3. Weeks, 4. Neville, 5. Jones, 6. Fainga'a, 7. Fuglistaller, 8. Higginbotham (c), 9. Burgess, 10. Hegarty, 11. English, 12. Inman, 13. Ellison, 14. Kingston, 15. Woodward
Replacements: 16. Fualau, 17. Ah-Nau, 18. Alo-Emilie, 19. Pyle, 20. McMahon, 21. Meehan, 22. Debreczeni, 23. Veainu

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