St.George Queensland Reds announce Round 7 team against Rebels

Wed, 31/03/2021, 05:00 am
Reds Media Unit
by Reds Media Unit

The St.George Queensland Reds have made four changes to their starting XV for Saturday’s match against the Rebels in Melbourne.

In his 50th game for Queensland, Hamish Stewart returns to the starting side in the number-12 jersey reuniting with Hunter Paisami in the centres.

Bryce Hegarty also comes off the bench and will start at fullback seeing Jock Campbell shift to the wing along with Jordan Petaia following a hamstring injury to Suliasi Vunivalu. 

After serving a three-match suspension, versatile prop Feao Fotuaika reclaims his place in the frontrow, while Harry Wilson will start at number-eight. 

Wilson’s inclusion in the starting side sees Seru Uru drop back to the bench in one-of-four changes to the Reds’ reserves this week.

Lock Angus Blyth is back in the 23 for Saturday’s game, so too Josh Flook with Filipo Daugunu set to come-on as a finisher at AAMI Park.

Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: "The Rebels in Melbourne will be a tough contest. We're looking forward to the challenge ahead on Saturday night. 

"It's great to have Feao back. He's served his suspension and slots back in the starting side. 

"Bryce has earned the right to start this week. It’ll be his 99th Super Rugby game. He’ll do his job at fullback for us with Jock and Jordan shifting to the wing.

“Hamish will bring up his 50th cap for Queensland. He’s worked hard in our program and is a valued member of this group. It’s a special achievement for Hamish and we congratulate him on reaching this milestone,” said Thorn.

Queensland play the Rebels on Saturday night at 6:45pm AEST and will be broadcast live on 9Gem and simulcast live and ad-free on Stan Sport.

The Reds return home next week to host the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium in their final home match of the Harvey Norman Super Rugby AU regular season.

St.George Queensland Reds v Melbourne Rebels – AAMI Park, Melbourne on 3 April at 6:45pm AEST

1. Feao Fotuaika – Sunnybank 
2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa – Sunnybank  
3. Taniela Tupou – Brothers 
4. Ryan Smith – Brothers 
5. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto – Souths 
6. Angus Scott-Young – University of Queensland
7. Fraser McReight – Brothers 
8. Harry Wilson – Brothers   
9. Tate McDermott – University of Queensland
10. James O’Connor – Brothers © 
11. Jock Campbell – University of Queensland
12. Hamish Stewart – Brothers  
13. Hunter Paisami – Wests 
14. Jordan Petaia – Wests 
15. Bryce Hegarty – GPS 

16. Alex Mafi – Bond University 
17. Richie Asiata – Easts   
18. Zane Nonggorr – Bond University 
19. Angus Blyth – Bond University
20. Seru Uru – Easts  
21. Kalani Thomas – University of Queensland 
22. Josh Flook – Brothers   
23. Filipo Daugunu – Wests 

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