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Reds to face Hurricanes in June Test window

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Article Published: Monday 14 May 2012|

Super Rugby's reigning Champions the Reds will play an exhibition friendly match against the Hurricanes at Stockland Stadium on Friday June the 15th.

The match will be held during the upcoming month-long break to the Super Rugby season to ensure the Reds maintain cohesion and form before they continue their charge to the finals and top of the Australian Conference.

The Hurricanes were excluded from the Reds Super Rugby schedule for 2012 but the team's could meet in the play offs later in the season if they both qualify so this match could be beneficial for both teams later in the season.

The trans-Tasman encounter is being run by Queensland Rugby in conjunction with the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union to offer the local Rugby community the opportunity to see the resurgent Reds in action at the newly developed "Stockland Stadium Sunshine Coast".

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie said the match played during the competition's month-long break would be crucial to the team's preparations heading into the business end of the Super Rugby season.

"The midseason break is a new experience for everyone but we are confident the match on the Sunshine Coast against the Hurricanes will offer us a strong platform to accomplishing our goal - that being making the Super Rugby finals," McKenzie said.

"A month off is a long time in Rugby so it's important we don't lose too much in terms of momentum or performance during this period. "

"That's why we chose the match on the Sunshine Coast as it's critical we build on the form we are showing leading up to the break.

"The Sunshine Coast is a great place to bring the match to and we will be aiming to field our strongest possible line-up available to us at the time."

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