Jones holds back on finalising squad




QR Queensland Reds Head Coach Eddie Jones has held back on finalising his team for Saturday night’s Investec Super 14 match against the Blues in Auckland to ensure that winger-turned-centre Peter Hynes has fully recovered from a sprained ankle.

A squad of 23 Reds left Brisbane this morning, with the starting 15 and seven reserves still to be decided. The final 22 must be announced no later than 24 hours before the match.

“We decided to wait a bit longer to see how Peter Hynes shapes up – it’s just a precaution,” said Jones.

Utility back Hynes was a surprise selection at inside centre against the Brumbies last weekend and provided real attacking thrust in the unfamiliar

role until he was forced off by the ankle injury.

The 23-man Reds squad is:


Ole Avei

Rodney Blake

Mitchell Chapman

Ben Coutts

David Croft

Sean Hardman

Herman Hunt

James Horwill

Tom McVerry

Ed O’Donoghue

John Roe (c)

Cam Treloar


Berrick Barnes

Caleb Brown

Nic Berry

Quade Cooper

Charlie Fetoai

Will Genia

Peter Hynes

Clinton Schifcofske

Ben Tune

Brando Va’alu

Henari Veratau

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