Young lock James Horwill has surprisingly snapped up the Queensland Reds captaincy ahead of veteran David Croft for Friday night’s Super 14 clash against Western Force at Suncorp Stadium.
Rugbyheaven AUS reports that Horwill got the nod from Reds coach Phil Mooney with regular skipper Sam Cordingley (calf) and Wallabies fullback Chris Latham (knee) sidelined.
Mooney said he opted for a “generational change” by naming the 22-year-old as skipper.
“Kevvy (Horwill) has really matured this year and has become one of our most consistent players,” Mooney said.
“He’s always been an aggressive character on the field but under forwards coach Mark Bell he’s learned to harness that aggression and become a more disciplined player.
“It’s time for him now to take the next step in his development as a senior rugby player and this appointment is recognition of that.”
Horwill has played one Test match and 38 matches for the Reds.
He has not missed a Super 14 game since making his debut off the bench against the Waratahs in the 2006 opening round.
“I was flattered and honoured to even have my name thrown up as a candidate, but to be given the job was fantastic,” Horwill said.
Loosehead prop Ben Coutts replaces Greg Holmes after the Wallaby underwent knee surgery last week.
Clinton Schifcofske moves to fullback for Latham and Ben Lucas again slots in for halfback Cordingley.
On the bench, dual international Andrew Walker has been recalled to the 22 after a stint with the Australian Sevens team.
Queensland Reds: Clinton Schifcofske, Brando Va’aulu, Morgan Turinui, Berrick Barnes, Peter Hynes, Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas, Leroy Houston, David Croft, John Roe, James Horwill (capt), Van Humphries, Dayna Edwards, Stephen Moore, Ben Coutts. Reserves: Sean Hardman, Rodney Blake, Ed O’Donoghue, Poutasi Luafutu, Will Genia, Andrew Walker, Charlie Fetoai.Tweet