REDS vs CHIEFS, Saturday 7.45pm AEST in Townsville
Young Isaac Henry will make his debut out of four changes made by Reds coach Brad Thorne to Townsville’s historic match with Chiefs.
Henry joins Hamish Stewart in 12th place while other adjustments see Filippo Daugono starting to flank for Jock Campbell, Vieux Fotoyka getting a nod from a loose prop before Dane Zander and Angus Scott-Young back before Fraser McReight.
“It’s great to go north and play North Queensland fans,” said Thorne.
“There is a strong rugby community in Townsville. We have a good relationship with them and we want to do well for our fans.
“The Chiefs will present a tough competition. They have reached this year’s Aotearoa Finals and we look forward to the next challenge.”
Meanwhile, the Chiefs will miss winger Jonah Lowe, who has injured his hamstring against the Brumbies.
Caleb Trask will start at centre-back as part of a three-back run while Peta Joss Swakula Liam Maysam comes in on the blind wing.
In the engine room, Mitchell Brown, Angus Tavao, and Bradley Slater all receive upgrades on the starting side.
Red (1-15): Bryce Hegarty, Solissi Funfallo, Hunter Baysame, Isaac Henry, Filippo Dogono, James O’Connor (Participant), Tate McDermott, Harry Wilson, Liam Wright, Angus Scott Young, Lukhan Salakaya-Lotto, Ryan Smith, Taniela Tobo, Brandon Benga Amos, Feao Fotuaika
Protectorates: Josh Nasser, Dean Zander, Zayn Nongor, Ciro Oro, Fraser McCrite, Kalani Thomas, Hamish Stewart, Elisa Derwassi
Chiefs (15-1): Caleb Trask, Bailynn Sullivan, Anton Lennert Brown, Alex Nankeville, Chase Tiatia, Damian Mackenzie, Brad Webber (center), Luke Jacobson, Lachlan Bushire, Peta Juice Swakula, Tobu Faye, Mitchell Brown, Angus Tawafu, Bradley Slater, Aidan Ross
Protectorates: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Robin O’Neill, Sione Mafileo, Zane Kapeli / Josh Lord, Liam Messam, Xavier Roe, Quinn Tupaea, Shaun Stevenson
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