Nabuli Bordeaux bound

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Reds winger Eto Nabuli will join five fellow Australians in Bordeaux, set to depart Ballymore at the end of the Super Rugby season.

Nabuli's current contract expires at the end of this season and it's understood the Reds had to stave off advances from French clubs just to keep him on board this year, such was the demand for the one cap Wallaby.

Having that Test cap next to his name is a significant lure for French clubs, with Bordeaux already carrying Australians Nick Frisby, Luke Jones, Leroy Houston, Blair Connor and Fijian international ben Volavola.

But Reds fans won't be overly disappointed to lose the 29-year-old, as Queensland's wings stocks looking promising.

Filipo Daugunu has forced his way into the starting XV and looks to have some X factor and injured young gun Izaia Perese has that in spades.Nabuli will join Bordeaux at the end of the season. Photo: Getty ImagesChris Feauai-Sautia could also shift back to the flank should that be neccessary and in truth, Nabuli has been one of Queensland's least impressive players to date this season.

The QRU offered no official comment, which is protocol for the club when it comes to contractual matters.

While the Nabuli move has been confirmed, there is no such confirmation, yet, regarding the reported move of Kane Douglas to the same club.

The 28-year-old lock has been usurped by Izack Rodda and Lukhan Tui in the pecking order at Ballymore, though he has looked sharp in filling the hole left by Tui's suspension in Queensland's last two matches.

Coach Brad Thorn also has a pair of promising locks underneath his pair of young second row stars, with Harry Hockings making his debut this year and Angus Blyth nipping at his heels.

Douglas is also off contract at the end of this season but has spoken about his desire to feature at another World Cup.Angus Scott-Young will make his first start of the season in Buenos Aires. Photo: QRU Media/Tom KennedyThrough all the talk of departures the Reds have an intriguing clash with the Jaguares in Buenos Aires on Sunday.

Thorn has made some subtle changes to both the starting XV and bench as his side strive for their third straight win, one of those shifts being the inclusion of Angus Scott-Young in the backrow ahead of fellow young gun Liam Wright.

"I was pretty surprised when Thorny pulled me aside and said he was thinking of starting me," Scott-Young said from Buenos Aires.

"It's pretty exciting having a few U20s boys coming in.

"You have Rodda there, (Liam Wright) is going really well, I've enjoyed coming off the bench with Hocko over the past two games so it's pretty exciting and good to be with them."

The Reds face the Jaguares in Buenos Aires on Sunday, kicking off at 8:40am AEDT, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS.