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New prop for Reds; Braid on his way

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 29 Apr 2010 at 05:32
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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.


  • Braid has had an awesome season for the Reds. Losing him WILL be a big blow next season

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.04.10 05:37:09 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I’m actually becoming a closet Reds fan. Would love these guys to go all the way.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.04.10 07:09:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    Can I call you Vetkadet? 😳

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.04.10 07:16:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I’m with you there, its the whole fairytale idea that has a few people following the Reds. After reading an article in which Robbie Deans punts them to win the Super 14, I think they might be able to go all the way.

    The thing that not everybody realises is that the Reds have won all their big games at home, and we shall see how well they do come an away semi.

    But if and when they meet the Bulls in the playoffs, you know who I will be shouting for!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.04.10 15:46:06 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I’m a pretty big Reds fan myself, they’ve always been my fav Australian outfit (if such a thing as a favourite Aus team exists in this country)

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.04.10 12:38:57 by MB1810 Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Me too.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.05.10 14:40:36 by billy Reply


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