Connors tips Reds to be a major Super 14 force



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Mark Connors, the fourth highest capped Queenslander with 122 games says that he has seen enough of the Reds’ impressive youth brigade to believe that they will be a Super 14 powerhouse in seasons to come. In next years season Eddie Jones will be coach.

Some of the new names who are in the Reds squad are Drew Mitchell, Stephen Moore, Lloyd Johansson, Greg Holmes, Mitchell Chapman and league convert Berrick Barnes.

Connors said last year’s tour to Argentina convinced him the future was bright for the Reds.

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“Even though the level of rugby in Argentina has dropped in the past 10 years I was really surprised at how talented they were,” he said.

“When I was 21 we were lifting a maximum (weight) of 105, 110kg, but now they are lifting 120, 130kg. “Since rugby turned professional it’s certainly helped young players a great deal.”

“There’s definitely a lot of talent there so the future looks bright but it’s still a matter of being able to keep them together,” he said.

Commenting on the Reds upcoming matches he said “We’ve got to be a bit guarded as to how we rate ourselves,”. “Last season, although I wasn’t a part of it, was a major disappointment for Queensland.

“It’s about taking a step up from last year and getting these young kids to play week-in, week-out Super 14 rugby.

“Hopefully we can win more games than we lose and end up in a better spot on the table than last year.”

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