Reds to snap up playmaker




The Sydney Morning herald is reporting that Queensland is poised to enjoy a rare Super 14 recruiting win with playmaker of the future Berrick Barnes set to join the Reds from the Broncos.

It wont be smooth sailing for the Reds as the ACT Brumbies also have the 19-year-old in their sights, but the opportunity to remain in Brisbane would see him join a Queensland squad reeling from the loss of 11 players.

Barnes made a solid NRL run-on debut in Saturday night’s 20-12 win over the Canberra Raiders in front of an impressed Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher at a rain-sodden Canberra Stadium. Fisher is keen to groom the youg Berrick Barnes as flyhalf for the 2007 Rugby world cup in France.

Barnes, who is being tight lipped has all the skills to qualify as a union flyhalf, said a difficult decision was imminent. “It is a really tough decision. I’m weighing it up at the moment,” he said. “The Broncos have been great to me as a club and I’d like to show some loyalty and everything too.”

If Barnes does sign with the Reds then it would reduce the Reds squad vacancies for the 2006 Super 14 from six to five.

In related news, South African born Clyde Rathbone is considering moving to the NSW Waratahs to play at his favoured position of outside centre which will force Morgan Turinui to 13.

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