Reds replace experience with youth for Brumbies derby

Queensland Reds have named their team to take on the Brumbies in their first home game of the 2018 Super Rugby season at Suncorp Stadium this Friday. The Reds have made two forced personnel changes to their starting XV, to cover the losses of Number 8 Scott Higginbotham and lock Lukhan Tui to suspension. Tui has been replaced by Kane Douglas, while Higginbotham’s absence has caused a reshuffle in the back row. Liam Wright will make his run-on debut at openside flanker, with Caleb Timu shifting to Number 8 and Adam Korczyk moving to blindside flanker. Lock Harry Hockings and back rower Angus Scott-Young are also in line for a potential Queensland and Super Rugby debut after being named on the bench. The pair have risen through the Queensland pathway, having represented the state's U20s and Bond University Queensland Country in recent years. The Reds have also named prop James Slipper as interim captain, in the absence of Higginbotham. “Friday is our first chance to pl
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