Queensland Reds team news ahead of Super Rugby Australia opener


Queensland Reds head coach Brad Thorn has named his team to face New South Wales in the  Vodafone Super Rugby Australia opener set for 3 July.

In a reshuffled forward pack, captain Liam Wright will shift to blindside flanker with Fraser McReight at number seven in his first start for Queensland.

Harry Wilson has overcome a torn MCL and will pack down at number-eight in what shapes as a formidable backrow combination.

Angus Blyth will partner Lukhan Salakaia-Loto in the secondrow, while Brandon Paenga-Amosa takes his spot in the frontrow alongside Harry Hoopert and Taniela Tupou.

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Tate McDermott and James O’Connor resume their pairing in nine and 10 respectively, as do Hamish Stewart and Hunter Paisami at inside and outside centre respectively.

Bryce Hegarty has been named at fullback, as Jock Campbell shifts to the wing.

Reds: 1. Harry Hooper 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa 3. Taniela Tupou 4. Angus Blyth 5. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto 6. Liam Wright 7. Fraser McReight 8. Harry Wilson 9. Tate McDermott 10. James O’Connor 11. Filipo Daugunu 12. Hamish Stewart 13. Hunter Paisami 14. Jock Campbell 15. Bryce Hegarty

Reserves: 16. Alex Mafi 17. JP Smith 18. Josh Nasser 19. Tuaina Taii Tualima* 20. Angus Scott-Young 21. Scott Malolua  22. Chris Feauai-Sautia 23. Josh Flook

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