Reds can move to Suncorp




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Queensland rugby officials are breathing easier after an obstacle threatening to derail a much-anticipated move to Suncorp Stadium has been removed.

The Reds are now expected to announce a full-time switch to the 52,500-seat stadium and a naming-rights sponsorship deal with Queensland Rail later this week after a minor change in the Super 14 draw.

QRU boss Theo Psaros said an announcement planned for Brisbane’s Central Station and Suncorp stadium on Tuesday had to be postponed because there still needed to be “a few `I’s dotted and `T’s crossed” on the deals.

“It wasn’t in our plans,” Psaros said. “We had planned the announcement but the announcement, I suspect, is not far away.

“The odd things pop up. We had a hiccup this morning but everything’s on track.”

But Psaros said the outlook was rosy after a major breakthrough in the afternoon had allowed the marquee interstate clash to be played at Suncorp on Saturday, February 11.

The grudge match, Wendell Sailor’s first Super 14 appearance in a sky blue jersey, was initially scheduled for February 10 but the stadium had been pre-booked for the A-League’s opening-week finals.

Psaros said it would now come to fruition after the Bulls switched their second round match (against the Brumbies from Saturday to Friday night) to allow the Waratahs a compulsory seven-day break by playing the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday rather than Friday.

“It’s now Saturday, February the 11th,” Psaros said. “Wendell won’t know what hit him. “I’m much relieved after that. There’s been a few sleepless nights over the weekend.

“I’m confident that we’ll announce the naming-rights sponsor and new venue very, very shortly. “Which deal gets `I’s and `T’s crossed may be staggered but they may happen the same day.”

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