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Queensland Reds tempt Connors out of retirement

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The Queensland Reds have tempted former Wallaby lock Mark Connors out of retirement to play in next season’s Super 14.

Connors who is 34, last played for Queensland in 2002, has the third-highest number of Reds caps (122) behind Andrew Slack (133) and Dan Crowley and Daniel Herbert (both 124).

“Mark will be an enormous addition with his leadership, experience and mentoring,” Queensland Rugby chief executive Theo Psaros said in a statement Thursday.

“He will assist not only in developing our young players but also in leading them on and off the field.”

Connors said he was looking forward to providing a leadership role for the underachieving Reds.

“Its a good opportunity for me to give something back and help bring on the young players in the squad and pass off some of the experience Ive gained over the years,” Connors said.

The Reds have also recruited Samoan-born flanker James Sua, who has scored 23 tries in 15 club matches this season in Brisbane.

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