Higginbotham joins Reds touring party

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

The importance of Scott Higginbotham has been made crystal clear by Reds coach Brad Thorn, who has named his captain as part of a 27-man touring party that will face the Jaguares and Stormers in the next fortnight.

The Reds departed for Buenos Aires via Sydney and Brazil this morning, with Thorn picking the same 23 players that featured in Saturday's win over the Bulls and adding Higginbotham, new signing Ruan Smith, outcast hooker Andrew Ready and veteran Ben Lucas to his squad.

Higginbotham will serve the final week of his suspension when the Reds face the Jaguares this time next week but he will be available to face the Stormers.


Lukhan Tui, who was also set to return in Cape Town, has been left at home, with the Reds not wanting to carry two players on the tour that couldn't play the first match.

SQUAD

Reds squad for tour of Argentina, South Africa

Props

Sef Fa’agase – University of Queensland

James Slipper – Bond University

JP Smith - GPS

Ruan Smith - GPS

Taniela Tupou - Brothers

Hookers

Alex Mafi – Bond University

Brandon Paenga-Amosa - Sunnybank

Andrew Ready - Easts

Locks

Kane Douglas - Norths

Harry Hockings – University of Queensland

Izack Rodda - Easts

Back row

Scott Higginbotham - Wests

Adam Korczyk – University of Queensland

Angus Scott-Young – University of Queensland

Caleb Timu - Souths

Liam Wright - Easts

Scrumhalves

Tate McDermott – University of Queensland

James Tuttle - GPS

Flyhalves

Jono Lance – University of Queensland

Hamish Stewart – Bond University

Centres

Chris Feauai-Sautia - Souths

Samu Kerevi - Souths

Duncan Paia’aua - Norths

Outside backs

Filipo Daugunu - Wests

Ben Lucas - Sunnybank

Eto Nabuli - GPS

Aidan Toua – Easts