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Queensland Reds Super Rugby head coach Nick Stiles has named a team with one change to play the Western Force at Suncorp Stadium this Friday.

Injury has forced the only change to the starting side, with Chris Kuridrani replacing young winger Campbell Magnay, who was ruled out of the match due to a concussion suffered against the Rebels.

The Reds head into the match fresh from the bye, following a win over the Melbourne Rebels, and head coach Nick Stiles has made minor changes to the side which got the job done two weeks ago.

The only other changes to the team are in the reserves. James Tuttle returns to the match-day 23 in the backup scrumhalf role in place of Moses Sorovi, with Jake McIntyre and Lachlan Maranta also brought onto the bench in place of Australian Under 20s representatives Hamish Stewart and Izaia Perese.

Stiles said: “It’s nice to be able to put out a fairly consistent team and reward guys for their performance against the Rebels two weeks ago.

“We felt we’ve made a lot of progress as a group in recent weeks and are really starting to hit our stride, but it doesn’t get any easier this week. We know the Force will come into this match desperate for a win. We need to match that desperation and desire for 80 minutes and if we do that, we should produce a performance we can be proud of.”

This Friday’s match will also see Reds hooker Stephen Moore equal Keven Mealamu’s record as the second-most capped Super Rugby player of all time, when he runs out for his 175th match in the competition.

The Queensland Reds host the Western Force at Suncorp Stadium this Friday 26 May at 7:45pm. For ticketing and membership information, go to www.redsrugby.com.au. The match will also be broadcast live on Fox Sports.

Queensland Reds

1. Sef Fa’agase , 2. Stephen Moore , 3. Sam Talakai, 4. Rob Simmons , 5. Lukhan Tui, 6. Hendrik Tui , 7. George Smith, 8. Scott Higginbotham , 9. Nick Frisby, 10. Quade Cooper , 11. Eto Nabuli, 12. Duncan Paia’aua , 13. Samu Kerevi (C) , 14. Chris Kuridrani, 15. Karmichael Hunt ,

Replacements : 16. Alex Mafi , 17. Kirwan Sanday , 18. Taniela Tupou, 19. Izack Rodda , 20. Adam Korczyk , 21. James Tuttle , 22. Jake McIntyre , 23. Lachlan Maranta

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