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Reds Super rugby head coach Brad Thorn has named a team with three changes to the starting line up to play the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.

Prop Harry Hoopert will start in the frontrow, while captain Samu Kerevi has been rested for this match in accordance with Rugby Australia’s workload management policy.

In the absence of Kerevi, lock Izack Rodda will skipper the side this week in Hamilton.

Duncan Paia’aua replaces Kerevi at 12 and Seb Wileman will make his Super Rugby debut at outside centre after Chris Feauai-Sautia was ruled out with a knee injury.

There’s a further five changes on the bench with the long-awaited return of versatile prop Feao Fotuaika from a broken thumb.

Adam Korczyk and Teti Tela have been recalled into Queensland’s 23 while scrumhalf Scott Maloua and outside back Liam McNamara could potentially make their Queensland debuts off the bench.

Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “This is Samu’s rest week as requested by Rugby Australia. Duncan Paia’aua comes in for him at 12.

“Seb Wileman gets his opportunity to make his Queensland debut for Chris Feauai-Sautia who’s out with a knee injury.

“Scott Maloua is another player who has come through the Club Rugby system and the NRC with Queensland Country. He joined us in the pre-season as injury cover. He has been working hard at training and deserves his spot in the 23.

“Liam McNamara has also joined us as injury cover. He’s come through the same Queensland U20s squad as the majority of this squad and knows a lot of the guys. He’s been with Australian Sevens side and provides good depth to our outside backs. As a group, we congratulate Seb, Scott and Liam on their selection this week,” said Thorn.

The Reds next home game is in Round 16 when they host the Jaguares at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday June 1.

Reds

15 Matt McGahan, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Seb Wileman, 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Angus Scott-Young, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Angus Blyth, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Harry Hoopert

Replacements : 16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 17 Feao Fotuaika, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Adam Korczyk, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Scott Malolua, 22 Teti Tela, 23 Liam McNamara

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