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50 up for Frisby as Reds change two for Crusaders

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Reds Scrumhalf Nick Frisby will win his 50th Super Rugby cap after being named in the Queensland side to play the Crusaders at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Friday.

The Reds have made two changes to the side with Ayumu Goromaru dropping out of the squad and Queensland Under-20s standout Campbell Magnay coming into the side.

Magnay comes in to the side for the injured Samu Kerevi (hand) while Chris Feauai-Sautia recovering from an ankle injury to resume his place on the wing.

Feauai-Sautia’s return to the starting side has shifted utility back Junior Laloifi to the bench.

Reds co-interim head coach Matt O’Connor said: “This is an important match for us. To play any of the Kiwi teams is always a step up in intensity but the Crusaders in Christchurch is a fantastic challenge for the group and will give us a fair indication of how much progress we’ve made.

“It’s a great occasion for Nick Frisby, but the reward will be in what the team can produce on the night.

“Nick has a big responsibility with the group at the moment. He’s a senior player and a leader. He has stepped up admirably this year and he’s getting better and better each game. He will be a big part of the success of the group moving forward.

“It’s good to be able to welcome Chris (Feauai-Sautia) back into the side. It was unfortunate he missed a couple of games through injury as he has been really good for us throughout the year. He trained well this week and will be really important for us tomorrow.

“As for Campbell (Magnay), he’s already played a handful of games of Super Rugby, so he’s comfortable at this level. He was outstanding throughout the 20s program and played outside centre throughout their championship run. He’s trained with us all season so he certainly deserves an opportunity. We have a lot of faith in him.

“The Crusaders are playing really good footy. They’ve probably recaptured the vibe they had a couple of seasons ago. They’ll ask a lot of questions of us across the game in every aspect.”

Reds

1. James Slipper (C), 2. Andrew Ready, 3. Greg Holmes, 4. Ben Matwijow, 5. Rob Simmons, 6. Hendrik Tui, 7. Liam Gill, 8. Curtis Browning, 9. Nick Frisby (50th Queensland cap), 10. Jake McIntyre, 11. Eto Nabuli, 12. Anthony Fainga’a, 13. Campbell Magnay, 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 15. Karmichael Hunt

16. Saia Fainga’a, 17. Sef Fa’agase, 18. Sam Talakai, 19. Cadeyrn Neville, 20. Michael Gunn, 21. James Tuttle, 22. Sam Greene, 23. Junior Laloifi

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