Super Rugby

Reds make three changes for Crusaders




Reds Super rugby head coach Brad Thorn has named a team with three changes to the starting team to play the champion Crusaders in Christchurch.

Isaac Lucas will wear the number-ten jersey for the second time this season with James O’Connor a late withdrawal due to an ankle injury.

Scott Malolua will start at scrumhalf in a new-look halves combination alongside Lucas, while Lukhan Salakaia-Loto also comes into the starting side at lock.

Malolua’s promotion sees Tate McDermott set to come on as a finisher in one-of-four changes to the replacements.

Bryce Hegarty has been recalled into Queensland’s 23 following Lucas’ elevation to flyhalf.

Dane Zander comes in for Harry Hoopert as a replacement loosehead prop with Angus Blyth also taking his place in this week’s side.

Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “We’re looking forward to this week’s challenge in Christchurch.

“The Crusaders are a tough opposition – especially at home. We respect what they’ve done over the years. There’s no better test than playing the best. We’re up for the contest on Friday night,” said Thorn.


15 Jock Campbell, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Isaac Lucas, 9 Scott Malolua, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Liam Wright (c), 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 JP Smith

Replacements 16 Ed Craig, 17 Dane Zander, 18 Josh Nasser, 19 Angus Blyth, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Filipo Daugunu

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