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Reds make three changes for Crusaders clash

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Queensland Super Rugby franchise the Reds have named a side with three changes for this Saturday’s clash against the Crusaders at Suncorp Stadium.

The Reds have included recent debutants lock Izack Rodda and wing Izaia Perese who are in line for their run-on debuts after strong performances off the bench in the opening stages of the competition.

Last year’s Pilecki Medal runner up, Hendrik Tui, has also been promoted to the starting side at blindside flanker for the first time this season. Lock Kane Douglas, flanker Adam Korczyk and wing Chris Kuridrani have been moved from the starting side to the reserves.

Reds head coach Nick Stiles said: “None of us were happy with last week’s performance. We addressed it and moved on and are looking forward to the opportunity to test ourselves against a difficult opponent this weekend.

“We knew there would be setbacks along the way as this group continued its development. The setback isn’t as important as how we respond to it. That’s the challenge presented to the team this weekend.

“The changes to the starting team reflect the depth we have in the squad at the moment. Everyone has worked hard and deserve their opportunities. As coaches, we want guys challenging for starting spots every week. There are no guarantees when it comes to selection.”

This week’s match marks St.George Queensland Reds Ladies Round, in conjunction with International Women’s Day and Queensland Women’s Week.

Reds

1. James Slipper (C) , 2. Stephen Moore , 3. Sam Talakai , 4. Rob Simmons , 5. Izack Rodda (run-on debut) , 6. Hendrik Tui , 7. George Smith , 8. Scott Higginbotham , 9. Nick Frisby , 10. Quade Cooper , 11. Eto Nabuli , 12. Duncan Paia’aua , 13. Samu Kerevi , 14. Izaia Perese (run-on debut) , 15. Karmichael Hunt

16. Andrew Ready , 17. Sef Fa’agase , 18. Taniela Tupou , 19. Kane Douglas , 20. Adam Korczyk , 21. James Tuttle , 22. Jake McIntyre , 23. Chris Kuridrani

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