Reds name team to trial against Rebels

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Having been cleared to play by the ARU Integrity Unit, the Queensland Reds have named Scott Higginbotham in their 29-man squad to take on the Melbourne Rebels in a trial tomorrow night.

Coach Nick Stiles has named a near full strength starting fifteen, with George Smith the only notable absentee.

Adam Korczyk will have the first chance to show he is capable of being Smith’s cover man as he gets the nod at openside flanker.Jake McIntyre fires a pass away at the Brisbane Tens. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyHigginbotham will make his return to Ballymore from the bench, with Henrick Tui and Leroy Houston given first crack in the back row alongside Korczyk.

Stiles has said that the centre combination is not yet set in stone but may have shown his hand by naming silky playmaker Duncan Paia’aua at inside centre with Samu Kerevi outside him.

Izaia Perese will start on the wing, with Brisbane Broncos recruit Lachlan Maranta to come off the bench along with other uncapped rookies Markus Vanzati, Izack Rodda, Tyrone Lefau and Jayden Ngamanu.

Stiles has made no secret that the preseason would be aimed towards peaking at the Rebels trial and said as much today.Nick Stiles is ready and raring to go for Super Rugby Round 1. Photo: rugby.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"We’ve put so much work into our pre-season and there’s a genuine sense of excitement amongst the team. We can’t wait for tomorrow night," he said.

“We’ve named a near-full strength side for the trial because it’s our last hit out before Super Rugby. It’s time to put into practice what we’ve worked on.

“We went into the pre-season knowing we had the tens and that was a good hit out, but now we shift our focus to this trial and the opening round of Super Rugby.”

TEAM

Reds team to play the Rebels at Ballymore

1. James Slipper (C)

2. Stephen Moore

3. Sam Talakai

4. Rob Simmons

5. Kane Douglas

6. Hendrik Tui

7. Adam Korczyk

8. Leroy Houston

9. Nick Frisby

10. Quade Cooper

11. Eto Nabuli

12. Duncan Paia’aua

13. Samu Kerevi

14. Izaia Perese (uncapped)

15. Karmichael Hunt

Reserves

16. Andrew Ready

17. Markus Vanzati (uncapped)

18. Sef Fa’agase

19. Lukhan Tui

20. Michael Gunn

21. James Tuttle

22. Jake McIntyre

23. Chris Kuridrani

24. Izack Rodda (uncapped)

25. Scott Higginbotham

26. Henry Taefu

27. Tyrone Lefau (uncapped)

28. Lachlan Maranta (uncapped)

29. Jayden Ngamanu (uncapped)

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