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Reds make two changes for Brumbies in Canberra

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Reds Super rugby head coach Brad Thorn has named a team with two changes to his starting XV to play in their final match of 2019 against the Brumbies at GIO Stadium Canberra on Saturday

Harry Hockings will start at lock in favour of Angus Blyth, while Lukhan Salakaia-Loto returns from his Wallabies rest match and slots into the back row seeing Angus Scott-Young shift to number eight.


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Scott Higginbotham drops to the bench in one-of-three changes to the reserves with Caleb Timu and Sefa Naivalu both back in the Reds’ 23 for this weekend.

Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “The Brumbies are in good form. It’ll be a tough contest down in Canberra. It’ll be a good challenge to finish the year.”

“It’s good to have Lukhan Salakaia-Loto back. He sat out last week as requested by Rugby Australia.”

Harry Hockings comes into the starting side at lock and Angus Scott-Young moves to number eight.

“Tate McDermott is still recovering from an ankle injury. Scott Malolua continues to impress. He’s played two matches for us now and hasn’t looked out of place,” said Thorn.

Queensland Reds

1. JP Smith ,. Alex Mafi ,3. Taniela Tupou , 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Harry Hockings, 6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 7. Liam Wright, 8. Angus Scott-Young, 9. Scott Malolua, 10. Matt McGahan, 11. Filipo Daugunu, 12. Samu Kerevi (c), 13. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 14. Jock Campbell,15. Bryce Hegarty

Replacements 16. Brandon Paenga-Amosa , 17. Ruan Smith, 18. Gav Luka,19. Caleb Timu, 20. Scott Higginbotham, 21. Moses Sorovi, 22. Duncan Paia’aua, 23. Sefa Naivalu

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