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The Reds face the Chiefs at Toowoomba Sports Ground this Saturday, 8 February, in their first pre-season clash of 2014.
Of the nine Reds players from the Wallabies recent Spring Tour, eight have been named to start the game against the Chiefs.
Spring Tour Wallabies Saia Fainga’a, James Slipper, Rob Simmons, James Horwill, Liam Gill, Will Genia, Quade Cooper and Mike Harris will start the game, with Chris Feauai-Sautia likely to play at least half a game from the reserves.
The match will also feature five new players to Reds colours, with former Waratahs and Wallabies flyer Lachie Turner, Dave McDuling, Chris Kuridrani, Samuela Kerevi and Jonah Placid all named as reserves in their first match for the Reds.
With four months of pre-season training in the tank, Graham said the team is looking forward to finally taking the field.
“After four months of pre-season, it’s good to finally arrive at this point,” Graham said.
“It’s pleasing to see all of our players fit and keen to play the Chiefs this weekend.
This weekend’s match is the first of two pre-season fixtures for the Reds, with their second clash coming against the Rebels at Ballymore Stadium next Friday, 14 February.
Reds v Chiefs (Toowoomba)
1. Ben Daley
2. Saia Fainga’a
3. James Slipper
4. Rob Simmons
5. James Horwill (C)
6. Eddie Quirk
7. Liam Gill
8. Jake Schatz
9. Will Genia (VC)
10. Quade Cooper
11. Lachie Turner
12. Mike Harris
13. Ben Tapuai
14. Dom Shipperley
15. Aidan Toua
Greg Holmes, Albert Anae, Jono Owen, Ed O’Donoghue, Blake Enever, Dave McDuling, Curtis Browning, Nick Frisby, Chris Kuridrani, Samuela Kerevi, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Rod Davies, Jonah Placid.
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