Tune named in Reds squad



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International winger Ben Tune was today announced in the QR Queensland Reds squad to play the Western Force at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

Coach Jeff Miller included Tune in a 23-man squad along with skipper John Roe, Mark Connors and Peter Hynes who all return from injury.

Exciting rookie Berrick Barnes has been ruled out with sore ribs and a rolled ankle.

Julian Huxley, Greg Holmes and Connors will all need to get through tonight’s training session before Miller can finalise the squad later in the week.

The return of John Roe to the squad was welcome news to Miller.

‘It’s timely that we get John back, he’ll add a bit of experience to the pack particularly if Mark Connors plays as well.’

Tune is likely to play a key role from off the bench.

‘We’re hoping to give Ben a fair amount of game time,’ Miller said.

‘He trained really well with us last night and looks like he’s getting back to his best but we’ll only see (how well he is going) when he gets out on the field against the Force this weekend.’

Miller is hoping his team gets fired up for the match, stating yesterday that the team must show a higher level of intensity than they did against the Chiefs.

Miller sees this as a danger game for the Reds and won’t be taking them lightly.

‘We know that they’ll be fired up with so many Queenslanders coming back with something to prove.’

The squad is:

Rodney Blake

Caleb Brown

Mitchell Chapman

Mark Connors

Sam Cordingley

David Croft

Elton Flatley

Sean Hardman

Greg Holmes

James Horwill

Julian Huxley

Peter Hynes

Lloyd Johansson

Chris Latham  

Anthony Mathison

Tom McVerry

Drew Mitchell

Stephen Moore

Peter Niumata

John Roe

Ben Tune

Cameron Treloar

Josh Valentine

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