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Queensland Super Rugby franchise the Reds have named their team to play the Brumbies in Canberra and included Leroy Houston on the replacements bench.

Number 8 Houston has only recently signed for the Reds following a stint in England and has been named on the bench for his first Super Rugby game since 2011.

The match-day 23 features a number of new faces, including former Queensland and Australian Schoolboys representative Jack Tuttle, who has been named to make his Reds and Super Rugby debut at fullback.

It will also be his first chance to play with younger brother James since high school.

Wallabies lock Kane Douglas and prop Taniela Tupou are also in line to make their Queensland debuts after being named on the bench.

The side also features four returning Wallabies from the recent three-Test series against England, with James Slipper, Greg Holmes, Nick Frisby and Samu Kerevi all named in the starting side.

The injury to lock Rob Simmons in last weekend’s Test has presented an opportunity for recent Australian Under 20s representative Lukhan Tui to make his run-on debut for the Reds.

Reds co-interim head coach Nick Stiles said: “The guys are excited to be back in Super Rugby mode. We’re coming off a win against the Sunwolves in our last home game and need to keep building for the remainder of the season.

“This Friday’s match also provides a strong opportunity for a few promising young players, who’ve trained with us all season and now get the chance to gain some valuable experience ahead of next year. Game time at Super Rugby level will be invaluable for their growth and development.”

Queensland Reds

1. James Slipper (C) , 2. Andrew Ready , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Cadeyrn Neville , 5. Lukhan Tui (run-on debut) , 6. Hendrik Tui , 7. Liam Gill , 8. Curtis Browning , 9. Nick Frisby , 10. Jake McIntyre , 11. Eto Nabuli , 12. Henry Taefu , 13. Samu Kerevi , 14. Chris Kuridrani , 15. Jack Tuttle (Queensland/Super Rugby debut)

Replacements : 16. Saia Fainga’a , 17. Sef Fa’agase , 18. Taniela Tupou (potential Queensland/Super Rugby debut) , 19. Kane Douglas (potential Queensland debut) , 20. Leroy Houston , 21. James Tuttle , 22. Duncan Paia’aua , 23. Campbell Magnay

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