TENS SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT St.george Queensland reds representatives

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The St.George Queensland Reds have named their 26-man squad for the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, which will be the side’s first hit out in in 2017.

The squad features five capped Wallabies, 20 players with previous Super Rugby experience and six uncapped Reds squad members. The Wallabies include James Slipper, Rob Simmons, Samu Kerevi, Leroy Houston and wildcard inclusion Chris Latham – a legend of both Queensland and Australian Rugby.

Reds head coach Nick Stiles said the Reds were looking forward to finally taking the field in a match situation, after months of pre-season training.

“The Tens is an important moment in our pre-season preparations. It is also a chance to demonstrate to our fans the hard work we’ve put in to ensure we’re a better side in 2017,” Stiles said.

“We’ve also got a 15-a-side trial match against the Melbourne Rebels two days after the tournament, so we’ve looked at the Tens and that match as two opportunities to give the whole squad some game time before the Super Rugby season starts.

“With the Tens squad, we felt it was important to have a balance of some of our more seasoned players, while also giving the young guys some reward for all their hard work. They’ve been training incredibly hard since the conclusion of last year’s Super Rugby season and now get the chance to showcase what they’re capable of on the field against some seriously tough opposition.”

The Reds have been drawn in Pool B, alongside the Blues and Crusaders from New Zealand and Samoa.

Their first match will be against the Blues at 12:56pm on Saturday, followed by the Crusaders at 6:00pm. Their final pool match will be against Samoa at 10:54am Sunday morning.

“It’s a difficult pool, but that should benefit us in our pre-season preparations as all three teams are physical and like to move the ball around and that will provide us with a good challenge ahead of Super Rugby,” Stiles said.

The Brisbane Global Rugby Tens features all ten professional franchises from Australia and New Zealand, along with French powerhouse Toulon, Japanese Top League side Panasonic Wild Knights, the Blue Bulls from South Africa and the Samoan national team.

The tournament is one of a number of events in the Reds’ calendar in February.

The month will also see the Reds host their annual St.George Queensland Reds Fan Day at Ballymore Stadium on Friday 3 February, a pre-season match against the Melbourne Rebels at Ballymore on Tuesday 14 February and their opening Super Rugby match at Suncorp Stadium on Friday 24 February.

In 2017, the St.George Queensland Reds Twilight Fan Day is your first opportunity to meet and greet the Reds Family and celebrate the beginning of a new era in Queensland Rugby.
The inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament will be the first hit out for the St.George Queensland Reds. We cannot wait to see a sea of red at Suncorp Stadium, the home of your Reds Family.
See the St.George Queensland Reds take on Super Rugby giants, the Melbourne Rebels in a pre-season grudge match right here at Ballymore Stadium.
The season begins with a Friday night blockbuster; when the St.George Queensland Reds host the Sharks. No doubt both teams will be looking to kick start the season with a win and what a better way to do it than in front of our home crowd.

Stay tuned.

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