Reds reveal team for Blues clash
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Following their maiden victory in this year’s Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition against the Chiefs last week, the Queensland Reds have made no changes to their starting XV for Friday’s final home match at Lang Park this year against the Blues.
There are three changes to the Reds’ reserves with Angus Blyth and Sam Wallis recalled into the 23, so too Moses Sorovi as Queensland’s replacement scrumhalf in what will be a special day for the proud Torres Strait Islander.
Friday’s blockbuster will see the QRU celebrate their 10th annual Indigenous Round with the Reds wearing their 2021 Indigenous jerseys.
“We’re at home for the final time this year in front our Queensland supporters,” said Reds head coach Brad Thorn.
“It was good to get the win in Townsville in a good battle with the Chiefs and we’re expecting the same this week against the Blues.”
Reds: 15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Suliasi Vunivalu, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Isaac Henry, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor (co-captain), 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Liam Wright (co-captain), 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Feao Fotuaika.
Replacements: 16 Josh Nasser, 17 Dane Zander, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Angus Blyth, 20 Sam Wallis, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Ilaisa Droasese.
Date: Friday, June 4
Venue: Lang Park, Brisbane
Kick-off: 19.45 (21.45 NZST; 09.45 GMT)
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Nic Berry, Jordan way
TMO: Brett Cronan