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Reds' Spooner on the comeback trail
Brisbane
April 3, 2000

Former Wallaby flyhalf Nathan Spooner will make his long awaited rugby comeback this weekend.

Spooner, who played two Tests against Ireland last year, has been out of action all season following groin and hernia operations. But the 24-year-old will return in the Brisbane club competition on Saturday for Brothers against Norths.

Spooner hopes to be ready for Queensland when the Reds travel to South Africa later this month for Super 12 matches against the Sharks in Durban and the Cats in Bloemfontein.

The Reds, following their convincing 31-16 win over New South Wales on Saturday night, host bottom side the Northern Bulls at Ballymore on Saturday. Fullback Chris Latham still hopes to play despite straining a hamstring late in the game against the Waratahs, where he out-performed Wallabies opposite Matthew Burke.

Latham will be given until Friday to prove his fitness. If Latham drops out, Nathan Williams, a two-try star at the weekend, will play fullback with Rick Nalatu starting on the wing.

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