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.”