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Reds make two changes for Highlanders

Rob Simmons starts at lock this weekend

Reds Super Rugby head coach Nick Stiles has made two changes to his team to play the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Friday.

Caleb Timu will make his run-on debut at blindside flanker, after making his Super Rugby debut off the bench last weekend, while Rob Simmons returns to his regular role of starting lock, with Kane Douglas shifting to the bench.

Samu Kerevi injured a muscle in the gym on Monday which has ruled him out of this match so Campbell Magnay starts in the centre.

Stiles has also named two potential debutants on the bench, with Australian U20s captain Reece Hewat in as a reserve flanker and Jayden Ngamanu as a reserve outside back.

Stiles said: “The side showed a lot of growth to tough out a difficult win in the dying stages of the game against the Australian Conference leaders last weekend.

“It was a great learning experience for the young players within the group, but now the challenge is there to back it up with another strong performance against a good New Zealand outfit this Friday.”

Queensland Reds

1. Sef Fa’agase , 2. Stephen Moore (C) , 3. Taniela Tupou, 4. Rob Simmons , 5. Izack Rodda , 6. Caleb Timu (run-on debut), 7. George Smith, 8. Adam Korczyk , 9. James Tuttle, 10. Quade Cooper , 11. Eto Nabuli , 12. Duncan Paia’aua , 13. Campbell Magnay , 14. Izaia Perese , 15. Karmichael Hunt ,

Replacements : 16. Alex Mafi , 17. Markus Vanzati , 18. Sam Talakai , 19. Kane Douglas , 20. Reece Hewat (potential Queensland/Super Rugby debut), 21. Moses Sorovi , 22. Hamish Stewart , 23. Jayden Ngamanu (potential Queensland/Super Rugby debut)