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Horwill to captain Reds against Chiefs in trial match

James Horwill has been named to captain the Reds this week

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Article Published: Monday 4 February 2013|

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The Reds have been given a boost by the return to fitness of Wallabies captain James Horwill for their trial match against Super Rugby champions the Chiefs on the Sunshine Coast on Friday.

The talented lock will lead the Reds into action in their second and final trial match before their Super Rugby campaign begins on February 16 against the Brumbies in Canberra.

Horwill will be joined by a number of other returning players on Friday with Saia Faingaa, Jake Schatz, Dom Shipperley and Chris F'Sautia also passed fit to play, while lock Rob Simmons will join Horwill in the starting XV following the completion of a five-game suspension.

In total, 11 capped Wallabies from 2012 will feature for the Reds in their trial game against the Chiefs.

This includes prop James Slipper; hookers James Hanson and Saia Faingaa; locks Simmons and Horwill; flanker Liam Gill; centres Mike Harris and Ben Tapuai; wingers Digby Ioane and Shipperley; and fullback Luke Morahan.

Horwill said he was excited to return to the Rugby field on Friday night.

"I'm a terrible spectator at the best of times, so it's a huge relief to be out of Team Rehab and in a position to play once again," Horwill said.

"We've been extremely diligent in not rushing the rehab process to ensure that my hamstring would be ready for when the Super Rugby season kicked off. It's exciting to now be at that stage and I'm just looking forward to Friday night.

"It's important we are building momentum heading into the Super Rugby season. We've already had a strong hit-out against the Blues but the Chiefs are a completely new challenge, so the onus is on everyone to take their game to another level and push for selection in round one."

The Chiefs trial game will allow the Reds to put the finishing touches on their preseason preparation after beginning the year in style with an entertaining 41-35 victory over the Blues in Toowoomba on Saturday night.

Friday's match will also see the Super Rugby champions of the past two seasons go head-to-head for the first time since their enthralling round 12 contest last year which produced 10 tries with the Reds finishing victorious 42-27.

Queensland Reds Trial Team

1. Greg Holmes,2. Saia Faingaa,3. James Slipper,4. James Horwill (c),5. Rob Simmons,6. Eddie Quirk,7. Liam Gill,8. Jake Schatz,9. Ben Lucas,10. Jono Lance,11. Digby Ioane,12. Mike Harris,13. Ben Tapuai,14. Rod Davies,15. Luke Morahan

Replacements : Albert Anae, James Hanson, Jono Owen, Ed O'Donaghue, Adam Wallace-Harrison, Nigel Ah Wong, Curtis Browning, Jarrad Butler, Nick Frisby, Dion Taumata, Chris F'Sautia, Aidan Toua, Dom Shipperley

 
 
 
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