Reds twins Anthony and Saia Faingaa will play their first Super Rugby match together in 2012 after being named in the team to play the Crusaders in Christchurch this weekend.
Anthony returns to the starting team at outside centre following a dynamic 30 minute cameo in his return from a foot injury against the Blues last Friday night while Saia has been cleared from an ankle complaint to earn selection on the bench.
The match is the first time the Reds have had both Saia and Anthony healthy for a regular season match this year, giving the Queenslanders a major boost ahead of their Super Rugby Final rematch from 2011.
The return of Saia comes at a crucial moment for the Reds with prop Ben Daley (hamstring) and flanker Beau Robinson (fibula) to miss the clash after sustaining minor injuries in last Friday's 23-11 win over the Blues.
Both are expected to miss just one week before returning for the Reds next home game at Suncorp Stadium - a special Mother's Day clash of Sunday 13 May against the Chiefs.
As a result prop Greg Holmes earns a deserved call-up at loosehead prop while coach Ewen McKenzie reverts back to a more traditional backrow of Jake Schatz at blindside flanker, Liam Gill at openside flanker, and Scott Higginbotham at No.8.
In other changes Digby Ioane shifts back to the wing to make room for Anthony Faingaa in the number 13 jersey, meaning flyer Rod Davies will play an impact role from the bench.
Fan favourite Radike Samo also earns a call-up as a replacement after making a strong impact in club Rugby for GPS at the weekend where his strong ball running was rewarded with a long-range scoring effort.
"The Faingaa's bring a lot to the team in terms of enthusiasm and communication and those are the traits you need to win big games," coach Ewen McKenzie said.
"Everyone understands how important and how much they enjoy playing alongside one another so we're glad to finally have them both fit and healthy again.
"We aren't expecting Ben or Beau to miss a great amount of time but for this week we'll be looking for other guys to step up in what will be a fierce battle against a Crusaders team looking for redemption from last year's Final.
"It isn't often a Crusaders team loses a Super Rugby Final, they are the most successful team in the competition's history, so I'm sure they are looking forward to the match in front of their home fans.
"But so are we. We have a strong record in our recent history against the Crusaders and the guys in our team are proven performers in big games. That shows the character of the group and we're looking forward to the challenge."
1. Greg Holmes,2. James Hanson ,3. James Slipper,4. Rob Simmons,5. James Horwill (c),6. Jake Schatz,7. Liam Gill,8. Scott Higginbotham,9. Will Genia (vc),10. Ben Lucas,11. Digby Ioane,12. Mike Harris,13. Anthony Faingaa,14. Dom Shipperley,15. Luke Morahan,
Replacements : 16. Saia Faingaa,17. Albert Anae,18. Adam Wallace-Harrison,19. Radike Samo,20. Eddie Quirk,21. Nick Frisby,22. Rod Davies