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Hunt and Frisby return for Reds to play Rebels



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Reds Super Rugby head coach Nick Stiles has included Karmichael Hunt and Nick Frisby in his team to play the Rebels at AAMI Park in Melbourne this Saturday.

Hunt returns from a knee injury to his regular spot at fullback which forces a shuffle in the backline. Duncan Paia’aua shifts back to inside centre and captain Samu Kerevi to outside centre.

Scrumhalf Nick Frisby also returns to the starting side in place of James Tuttle, with Moses Sorovi brought into the 23 as reserve scrumhalf.

The only other change to the first XV sees Campbell Magnay earn a start on the wing ahead of Izaia Perese, who has moved to the reserves.

Loose forward Adam Korczyk has also been brought back into the match-day 23 for the first time in three weeks, taking the place of Leroy Houston in the reserves.

Reds head coach Nick Stiles said: “It’s great to be able to bring Karmichael back into the side, he has been in fantastic form. He’s arguably our most consistent player and the physicality and chat he brings to the game provides his teammates with a lot of confidence, which allows us to play our best football. He was sorely missed last week.

“In terms of the other changes in the backline, we’ve been happy with the development of Bobby (James Tuttle) and Izaia, but both Nick and Campbell deserve an opportunity in the starting side after working hard in the background to get back to their best. We’ve brought Moses into the reserves because he is a different style of player to Nick and Bobby and feel he can provide a spark off the bench if needed.

“The Rebels will be a tough challenge. Both sides are coming off disappointing losses so there’s no shortage of motivation.”

Queensland Reds

1. Sef Fa’agase , 2. Stephen Moore , 3. Sam Talakai , 4. Rob Simmons , 5. Lukhan Tui , 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 (C) , 14. Campbell Magnay , 15. Karmichael Hunt,

Replacements 16. Alex Mafi, 17. Kirwan Sanday , 18. Taniela Tupou , 19. Izack Rodda, 20. Adam Korczyk, 21. Moses Sorovi , 22. Hamish Stewart , 23. Izaia Perese,

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