Reds make two surprise changes
February 21, 2013
Young gun Chris Feauai-Sautia will start at outside centre for the Reds against the Waratahs. © Getty Images
Queensland Reds have made two surprise changes to their starting line-up for Saturday night's Super Rugby grudge match with New South Wales Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium.
Former Ireland A lock Ed O'Donoghue beefs up the Reds forward pack by replacing Adam Wallace-Harrison in the second-row while boom teenager Chris Feauai-Sautia will start at outside centre.
Defensive linchpin Anthony Faingaa was expected to return from a hand injury to replace Aidan Toua in the midfield, but the Wallabies centre has been ruled out for another week as his recovery has gone slower than hoped.
Feauai-Sautai, an Australian Schoolboys three-quarter in 2010-11, made an impressive cameo off the bench in Queensland's opening round 24-6 loss to the Brumbies in Canberra last weekend and is seen as a star of the future. It will be the 19-year-old's second Super Rugby run-on start after playing on the wing against the Melbourne Rebels late last season.
Queensland Reds: Mike Harris, Dom Shipperley, Chris F'Sautia, Ben Tapuai, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas; 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, Jono Lance, Luke Morahan.
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