Canberra-product Jack Kennedy will make his Super 14 rugby starting debut for the Queensland Reds against the Brumbies in his old hometown on Saturday night.
The AAP reports that Kennedy has replaced the injured Laurie Weeks at tighthead prop in the only change to the Reds side which beat the Stormers 16-13 last weekend.
Weeks sustained a foot injury against the Stormers, paving the way for youngster Kennedy who gets the start ahead of Greg Holmes.
Fourth-placed Queensland will also be without lock Van Humphries (ankle) and winger Rod Davies (hamstring) who had hoped to return from injury.
“They are all desperate to get back onto the field but they are not right,” said Reds coach Ewen McKenzie.
The Reds travel to Canberra never having beaten the Brumbies at home and only winning once in their 15 Super rugby encounters.
McKenzie made one change to the Reds bench with centre Ben Tapuai called in.
Queensland: Peter Hynes, Brando Va’aulu, Will Chambers, Anthony Faingaa, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Will Genia (capt), Leroy Houston, Daniel Braid, Scott Higginbotham, Adam Byrnes, Rob Simmons, Jack Kennedy, Saia Faingaa, Ben Daley.
Res: Sean Hardman, Greg Holmes, Ezra Taylor, Jake Schatz, Ben Lucas, Ben Tapuai, Luke Morahan.
Meanwhile Marc Hinton reports that The New Zealand Rugby Union today announced that Braid was making a timely return to his home country after spending the last two years impressing everybody as the “marquee import” for a Queensland Reds side that has been the revelation of this year’s Super 14.
The former Auckland, Blues and All Blacks No 7 has decided to re-sign with the NZRU and Auckland rugby in a deal that will run through until the end of 2012, and which suddenly makes Graham Henry’s resources on the openside flank a little less worrying.
His new deal kicks in on July 1, and he will not be available for the All Blacks during the Tri Nations, which means he will not have a Luke McAlister-type exemption bestowed him.
The 29-year-old will play for Auckland in the national provincial championship and will subsequently be available to the Blues for the 2011 and 2012 expanded Super rugby competitions.Tweet