Latham returns for Reds to face Crusaders


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The QR Reds will welcome back Chris Latham for Saturday’s Investec Super 14 match against the Crusaders, after the Wallaby fullback completed a speedy recovery from a knee injury.

Latham said he was ready to play last week against the Blues but was advised to give his knee another week to regain full strength and stability.

Goalkicker Clinton Schifcofske moves to the wing to make room for Latham, forcing Digby Ioane back to the bench and Brando Va’aulu out of the 22.

With veteran backrower John Roe still out with a shoulder injury, Poutasi Luafutu will play blindside flanker and last week’s No 6 Scott Higginbotham moves back to the bench.

19-year old prop Ben Daley has been named on the bench following the one week suspension of Rodney Blake, who was last night found guilty of a dangerous tackle on Blues flanker Daniel Braid in last Friday’s match.

SANZAR Judicial Officer Paul Tully found the contact with Braid was not intentional and reduced the prospective penalty accordingly.

The Reds team is (from fullback): Chris Latham, Clinton Schifcofske, Morgan Turinui, Berrick Barnes, Peter Hynes, Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas, Leroy Houston, David Croft, Poutasi Luafutu, James Horwill (c), Van Humphries, Dayna Edwards, Stephen Moore, Ben Coutts.

Reserves: Sean Hardman, Ben Daley, Ed O’Donoghue, Scott Higginbotham, Will Genia, Charlie Fetoai, Digby Ioane.

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