Wallabies fullback Chris Latham will complete a speedy return from injury on Saturday night when he starts for the Queensland Reds against the Super 14 pace-setting Crusaders.
RugbyHeaven Aus reports that Latham is one of three changes to the Reds squad after overcoming a knee ligament strain that has sidelined him for the last four weeks.
Goalkicker Clinton Schifcofske moves to the wing to make room for Latham, forcing the tackle-busting Digby Ioane back to the bench and Brando Va’aulu out of the 22.
With former skipper John Roe out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury, versatile back-rower Tasi Luafutu has replaced Scott Higginbotham at blindside flanker.
Teenage prop Ben Daley, the son of former Kangaroos and Manly rugby league front-rower Phil Daley, is set to make his Super 14 debut off the bench following the one-week suspension of Rodney Blake.
Blake was last night found guilty of a dangerous tackle on Blues flanker Daniel Braid in last Friday’s 35-20 loss in Brisbane.
Queensland: Chris Latham, Clinton Schifcofske, Morgan Turinui, Berrick Barnes, Peter Hynes, Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas; Leroy Houston, David Croft, Poutasi Luafutu, James Horwill (capt), Van Humphries, Dayna Edwards, Stephen Moore, Ben Coutts.
Reserves: Sean Hardman, Ben Daley, Ed O’Donoghue, Scott Higginbotham, Will Genia, Charlie Fetoai, Digby Ioane.