Higginbotham happy to be back home

Super Rugby
by Tom Logan

Scott Higginbotham believes that the chance to come back home to play for his home state was something that was too good to pass up on.

The blindside flanker will once again link up with Red’s coach Nick Stiles with whom he played under for Brisbane City in the 2015 NRC competition.

“It’s a strange feeling being back home. There’s a lot of good memories here and I’m looking to make plenty of new ones and enjoy my time here again,” Higginbotham said.

“I’ve always considered Queensland my home, I grew up here and that motivates me to play to the best of my ability so it was an easy decision to come back here.” - Scott Higginbotham

Higginbotham returns to the side he first joined in 2008 after coming back from a stint down in Melbourne with the Rebels where he spent two seasons as the captain of the Victorian side.

“I had a good opportunity at Melbourne to have a leadership role down there, it’s great to come back to my home state though, my family and my wife’s live up here so it’s great to be back.”

“It’s great to have a lot of experience coming back to the Queensland side. I think it’s a good thing, you’ve got Quade Cooper who went over to France and is now coming back with a bit of overseas experience.”
Higginbotham will once again link up with coach Nick Stiles. Photo: Brendan Hertel, QRU Media.“I had a lot of phone conversations with Quade Cooper around mid to late last year about what we were both going to do next year, he came to the conclusion that he was going to come here and I guess I had the same feeling.”

“Having Stephen Moore at the club is massive as well. He’s the Wallabies captain so you can’t fault the experience of players coming back to the Queensland system.”

The Queensland Reds kick off their Super Rugby campaign against the Durban Sharks at Suncorp Stadium on February 24. Memberships can be purchased at www.redsrugby.com.au