Former NRL flyer to debut for Reds

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by Matt Lewis

Queensland Reds fans will have a chance to see former NRL flyer Eto Nabuli for the first time against the Crusaders on Saturday.

Nabuli will be one of 10 debutants in the Reds’ 30-man squad for the match.

Despite seeing so many new faces in the squad, head coach Richard Graham has named an experienced starting 15 which will be led by Qantas Wallabies lock Rob Simmons in what will be his first match since the Rugby World Cup Final last November.

Former Rebel Caderyn Neville will suit up in Reds jersey for the first time alongside Simmons, while former NRL winger Eto Nabuili will have his first chance to impress.

On the extended bench is a mix of experience and youth with Saia Fainga’a heading into his eighth season with the club. After a strong 2015 season in club Rugby and the Buildcorp NRC, schoolboy sensation Taniela Tupou will looking for some game time.

Richard Graham, said: “I’m excited by the progress we’ve made physically in the pre-season but it’s now about testing ourselves under pressure. There is a lot of competition for spots and that’s a good position to be in.”

The Reds play the Crusaders at Ballymore Stadium this Saturday, 6 February, at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at


1. Ben Daley

2. Andrew Ready

3. Sam Talakai

4. Cadeyrn Neville

5. Rob Simmons (C)

6. Lolo Fakaosilea

7. Liam Gill

8. Jake Schatz

9. Nick Frisby

10. Jake McIntyre

11. Eto Nabuli

12. Henry Taefu

13. Samu Kerevi

14. Chris Feauai-Sautia

15. Karmichael Hunt


Saia Fainga’a

Sef Fa’agase

Taniela Tupou

Ben Matwijow

Lukhan Tui

Curtis Browning

Maclean Jones

Michael Gunn

James Tuttle

Mack Mason

Chris Kuridrani

Duncan Paia’aua

Campbell Magnay

Alex Gibbon

Sam Greene

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