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Slipper returns as Reds change two for Highlanders

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The Reds have named James Slipper as one of two changes to their Super Rugby team to play the Highlanders at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

Wallabies prop Slipper returns to the starting line up and takes over the captaincy while Chris Feauai-Sautia returning to the wing.

Chris Feauai-Sautia missed the Reds last match but has recovered and starts on the wing.

Slipper gets his first start of the 2016 Super Rugby season as he missed four rounds of competition due to knee and shoulder surgery following the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Prop Slipper came off the replacements bench in his first match in 2016 against the Waratahs in Round 5.

Reds co-interim head coach Matt O’Connor said: “It’s good to be able to welcome James (Slipper) back to the starting side. He’s worked hard to get himself back on the field and was very pleased to get some minutes against the Waratahs. You want your most experienced players on the field and James will offer plenty of leadership on Saturday.

“The team returned from the bye with a lot of enthusiasm for the challenge that awaits us on Saturday. The Highlanders are a dangerous team and we know we cannot afford to give them opportunities. We have grown in our performances each week and know it will take nothing short of our best to knock off the defending champions. We look forward to the challenge.”

Reds

1. James Slipper (C) , 2. Andrew Ready , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Cadeyrn Neville , 5. Rob Simmons , 6. Hendrik Tui , 7. Liam Gill , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Nick Frisby , 10. Jake McIntyre , 11. Eto Nabuli , 12. Anthony Fainga’a , 13. Samu Kerevi , 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia , 15. Karmichael Hunt

Replacements : 16. Saia Fainga’a , 17. Sef Fa’agase , 18. Sam Talakai , 19. Ben Matwijow , 20. Curtis Browning , 21. Scott Gale , 22. Sam Greene , 23. Ayumu Goromaru

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