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Lane stays at ten and Harris returns for Reds

Sam Lane has retained the number 10 jersey

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Article Published: Thursday 19 April 2012|

The Reds have retained playmaker Sam Lane at flyhalf and brought in Mike Harris for their Super Rugby clash against South African conference leaders the Stormers at Suncorp Stadium.

Centre Mike Harris also returns from a hamstring injury to earn selection at inside centre while backrower Radike Samo has been thrust into the starting lineup at number eight.

Flyhalf Lane made a huge impact in his Queensland and Super Rugby debut against the Brumbies a fortnight ago and has now been retained for a contest against his former province.

Before joining Australian Rugby's National Academy at the beginning of 2012, Lane was a member of the Stormers provincial outfit the Western Province, where he featured in both the Vodacom Cup and Varsity Cup competitions.

Lane will play inside returning goal kicking ace Harris, whose inclusion at inside centre means Ben Tapuai reverts back to the number 13 jersey.

On the bench Ben Lucas and Jake Schatz have also overcome injuries to gain selection in the matchday 22. Flyer Aidan Toua wasn't considered for selection after sustaining a minor leg injury at training earlier in the week.

"Sam did an admirable job in completing everything we asked of him against the Brumbies and we have always been about rewarding performance," coach Ewen McKenzie said.

"He produced under difficult circumstances and on short notice in our last match so we're excited to see what he can produce against his former province.

"The Stormers like to physically impose themselves on matches so we're matching fire with fire with our selection. "

"Radike will also have plenty of motivation for this clash as we try to raise money for Fiji while having our most established goal kicker back in Mike is a major plus."


1. Ben Daley,2. James Hanson,3. James Slipper,4. Rob Simmons,5. James Horwill (c),6. Scott Higginbotham,7. Beau Robinson,8. Radike Samo,9. Will Genia (vc),10. Sam Lane,11. Dom Shipperley,12. Mike Harris,13. Ben Tapuai,14. Rod Davies,15. Luke Morahan

Replacements :16. Albert Anae,17. Greg Holmes,18. Van Humphries,19. Jake Schatz,20. Liam Gill,21. Ben Lucas,22. Nick Frisby

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