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Queensland Super rugby team the Reds have named a team with just two changes for their match on Saturday against the Crusaders at Suncorp Stadium.

The Reds beat the Crusaders at Suncorp in the 2011 Super rugby final but have not beaten the Christchurch side since then.

In the changes for this weekend, Harry Hockings will start at lock, as Lukhan Salakaia-Loto shifts to blindside flanker for the Reds first home match of 2019.

A reshuffle to the backrow sees Angus Scott-Young at number eight, with Caleb Timu on the bench.

Timu will form a formidable backrow interchange pairing with Scott Higginbotham, who is set to play his first Super Rugby game of 2019 after missing last week’s trip to Dunedin with a shoulder injury.

Powerhouse frontrower JP Smith will also make his return from injury (knee) this weekend after being named alongside Higginbotham on the bench.

After causing plenty of headaches for the Highlanders defence, Queensland’s backline remains the same from last week.

Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “It’s good to have Higgers and JP back. They bring good experience and provide us with a strong bench.

“Harry has been working hard at training and deserves his spot in the starting side this week.

“Lukhan and Angus are both big mobile players who provide us with good versatility and options in the backrow.

“The Crusaders are an experienced team. We can’t wait to play in front of our home fans and see the stands filled with maroon,” said Thorn.

For the second year running, the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) is proud to partner with Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) as part of Ladies Round this weekend.

Rugby fans will be treated to a ‘pink’ themed double-header at Suncorp Stadium, kicking off with the Queensland Women’s XV hosting RugbyWA women, before the Reds take on the Crusaders.

The event aims to raise awareness and funds for BCNA, which supports Australian women and men affected by breast cancer.

In recognition of this, the Reds will have the option to wear pink shoe laces, while the Queensland Women’s XV team will wear pink socks.

Reds

15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Samu Kerevi (c), 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Hamish Stewart, 9 Moses Sorovi, 8 Angus Scott-Young, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Feao Fotuaika

Replacements : 16 Alex Mafi, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Caleb Timu, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Isaac Lucas

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