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Kerevi To Earn 50th Reds Cap

Kerevi To Earn 50th Reds Cap
Strong running centre Samu Kerevi to play his 50th Queensland Reds cap against Brumbies at the GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia tomorrow. Photo: Zimbio
April 06
11:00 2018

Fijian born centre Samu Kerevi earns his 50th Queensland Reds caps against Brumbies at the GIO Stadium, Canberra tomorrow. On the same note Kerevi steps down for the captaincy role as Scott Higginbotham returns to the starting Number 8 role.

The Reds have made three changes with Higginbotham, Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Eto Nabuli returning. Higginbotham’s promotion has seen a shuffle in the back row, with Caleb Timu moving to blindside flanker and promising youngster Angus Scott-Young dropping out of the 23.

Nabuli’s move back to the starting wing sees Chris Feauai-Sautia moving to the centres to build on his combination with Kerevi, with Duncan Paia’aua dropping out of the 23.

The Reds have also made a number of changes to the bench, most notably bringing in 18-year-old outside back Jordan Petaia for his potential Queensland and Super Rugby debut.

In the other changes to the bench, former Brumbies prop Ruan Smith replaces Sef Fa’agase, scrumhalf James Tuttle replaces Tate McDermott and flanker Liam Wright is back in for the first time since Round 5.

Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “It’s an exciting week. We’ve got a big challenge in front of us, heading down to Canberra to take on the Brumbies on their home turf. “It’s great to see Samu (Kerevi) reach his 50th cap for Queensland. He’s a passionate young man who puts everything into the jersey.

“At the other end of the scale we have Jordan (Petaia) in line to make his debut. He may be young, but he has bags of talent and has shown plenty of promise at training and in our internal trial. It’s a good opportunity for him.

“We’re pleased to be able to welcome Scott (Higginbotham) back to the starting side and the captaincy. He’s been itching to get back into the Reds jersey and will want to build on his performance from two weeks ago.”

Thorn told Queensland Reds website that it has been tough to select the side each week.

“The guys are pushing each other hard at training and unfortunately some people miss out. It’s difficult, but it’s good to see the competition and depth within the squad. It’s a squad effort each week to prepare well and perform on game day. There are some great individual milestones this weekend and the team knows the best way to recognise these are to put in a performance we can all be proud of.”

 

Queensland: 1. James Slipper, 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 3. Taniela Tupou, 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Kane Douglas, 6. Caleb Timu, 7. Adam Korczyk, 8. Scott Higginbotham (C), 9. Ben Lucas, 10. Jono Lance, 11. Eto Nabuli, 12. Samu Kerevi, 13. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 14. Filipo Daugunu – Wests, 15.  Aidan Toua. Replacements; 16. Alex Mafi, 17. JP Smith, 18. Ruan Smith, 19. Lukhan Tui, 20. Liam Wright, 21. James Tuttle, 22. Hamish Stewart, 23. Jordan Petaia

Edited by Osea Bola

 

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