Reds make three backline changes
March 14, 2013
Luke Morahan in one of three backline changes for Queensland Reds against Western Force © Getty Images
One-Test Wallabies flyer Luke Morahan has been recalled to the Queensland Reds starting side in one of three backline changes for Saturday night's Super Rugby clash with Western Force.
Morahan was dumped from the Reds 22 for last weekend's 23-13 win over the Melbourne Rebels but will make his first run-on start of the year with wingers Digby Ioane (stood down) and Dom Shipperley (back) unavailable.
Boom teenager Chris Feauai-Sautia will start on the left wing while Morahan, who started at fullback in last year's first Test against Scotland, will be on the right at Suncorp Stadium.
As expected, Wallabies halfback Will Genia will make his return from a knee reconstruction at halfback and is set to play the first half before handing the captaincy reins back to James Slipper. Young No.9 Nick Frisby has kept his spot in the 22 ahead of Ben Lucas and will play the second half following his stand-out display against the Rebels.
Queensland had initially dropped veteran lock Adam Wallace-Harrison from the bench but he was hastily reinstated on Thursday morning after Radike Samo injured his knee at training. Back-rower Jarrad Butler has been added to the bench in anticipation of a fierce breakdown contest with the Force.
Queensland Reds: Jono Lance, Luke Morahan, Anthony Faingaa, Ben Tapuai, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Quade Cooper, Will Genia; Jake Schatz, Liam Gill, Ed Quirk, Ed O'Donoghue, Rob Simmons, James Slipper, Saia Faingaa, Greg Holmes. Res: James Hanson, Albert Anae, Adam Wallace-Harrison, Jarrad Butler, Nick Frisby, Mike Harris, Aidan Toua.
It's time for those running Welsh rugby to stop trying to prevent its players heading to France and to start planning a future without them, writes Martin Williamson
Paul Eddison explains how the French sold English clubs down the river and why their domestic game will go from strength to strength
'Nothing can prepare you for the noise of the Millennium Stadium though, you just can't hear anything." Tom Hamilton talks to Cory Allen
Following a weekend where Wales suffered more heartbreak against Australia and the Aviva Premiership showed its class, the Monday Maul looks back at some of the key talking points