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St.George Reds name team to play Force


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super Rugby on 17 Feb 2011 at 07:06
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St.George Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has announced a talent-rich squad for the first game of the 2011 Super Rugby season against the Western Force at Suncorp Stadium.

St.George Reds team (from fullback): Peter Hynes, Rod Davies, Will Chambers, Anthony Faingaa, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Leroy Houston, Ed Quirk, James Horwill (c), Van Humphries, Rob Simmons, James Slipper, Saia Faingaa, Ben Daley.

Reserves: James Hanson, Greg Holmes, Scott Higginbotham, Beau Robinson, Ben Lucas, Mike Harris, Aidan Toua.

Reds rugby reports that the game carries some added significance for flyhalf Quade Cooper who is wearing the Queensland jersey for the 50th time, while inspirational leader James Horwill captains the team from blindside flanker.

“The job is to keep challenging rugby and to not keep going out and doing what has already been done. Playing James in the second row is easy. Playing at six is a challenge for him and one he is really interested in,” McKenzie said.

Rising star Ed Quirk, in his first starting appearance and only second game for the St.George Reds, has been given first crack at the vacated openside flanker spot after beating out exciting QAS Academy prospect Beau Robinson.

Robinson, a former Waratahs flanker who has previously played 21 Super Rugby matches, could receive his first cap for Queensland after being named on the bench.

Number eight Leroy Houston rounds out the backrow, while the decision to select Horwill on the side of the scrum has given McKenzie the luxury of naming 2010 Wallabies tourist Rob Simmons and Van Humphries in the second row.

The starting front-row features Ben Daley, Saia Faingaa and James Slipper, all three of whom made their Wallabies debut last season.

Joining Cooper in the starting backline is playmaking partner and scrumhalf Will Genia; the ever-reliable centre pairing of Anthony Faingaa and Will Chambers; and the dynamic back trio of wingers Digby Ioane and Rod Davies, and fullback Peter Hynes.

Faingaa and Hynes missed both preseason trials with minor injuries but are now at peak fitness.

The forward reserves are James Hanson, Greg Holmes, Scott Higginbotham and Beau Robinson while covering the backs is Ben Lucas, Mike Harris and Aidan Toua.

Harris, signed from North Harbour in New Zealand’s NPC, and Toua would be making their Queensland and Super Rugby debuts if called upon.

McKenzie said selecting their first lineup of the season was difficult but feels they found the right mix.

“In the end we have come up with a few faces and that’s not just a reflection on form but also on the tactics we want to employ,” he said.

“There’s no doubt there were some hard decisions to be made in selecting the starting team but I’ve always been a big believer that you have ‘starters’ and ‘finishers’.

“The expectation is that the guys who come in later in the game add something different to how we start the game. There’s strategy in that and their job is to come on and make a difference.”

Tickets for the Force game and the entire 2011 Super Rugby season are now on sale through Ticketek.com.au.

The first home game is also a ‘Kids Free’ game where any purchase of an adult gold or silver ticket receives a free child’s ticket.


6 Comments

  • For a moment I thought that Cooper will be wearing cuffs or a prison uniform or something 😳

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.02.11 07:13:42 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • The first home game is also a ‘Kids Free’ game where any purchase of an adult gold or silver ticket receives a free child’s ticket.

    Awesome initiative!!!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.02.11 07:19:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • These boys are my pick to win Aussie conference.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.02.11 08:15:15 by Speed7 Reply

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  • Brisbane is known as a fast ground. Lookout for Davies to score a few.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.02.11 09:02:04 by Speed7 Reply

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  • The backrow choices are really surprising. I thought Higginbotham would walk into the side.
    Ed Quirk is only 19 years old.

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.02.11 10:31:22 by beet Reply
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  • Digby ioane and rod davies on the wings:exciting!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.02.11 11:00:04 by bergshark Reply

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