Giteau will miss S14 opener

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Giteau will miss S14 opener

Matt Giteau has been ruled out of the Brumbies’ first Super 14 game against the Western Force.

The Wallabies pivot picked up a quad strain last week and had a 50-50 chance of recovering time to face his former team in Perth.

Giteau was bracketed with flyhalf Matt Toomua (who had a short stint with WP last season), but the latter will start against the Force as the Brumbies announced Giteau’s exclusion from the line-up on Thursday.

Horwill set for new role

Ewen McKenzie will start Reds skipper James Horwill at openside flank against the Waratahs on Saturday.

Earlier this season, McKenzie said he believed the Wallabies lock could make a successful transition to flank under the new breakdown law interpretations.

After impressing the Reds head coach in the No 6 jersey during the pre-season, Horwill will now make his first official appearance at openside flank.

McKenzie will also field Wallabies wing Peter Hynes at fullback, while playmaker Quade Cooper slots in at flyhalf.

Reds – 15 Peter Hynes, 14 Digby Ioane, 13 Morgan Turinui, 12 Anthony Faingaa, 11 Rod Davies, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 James Horwill, 5 Van Humphries, 4 Adam Byrnes, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Sean Hardman, 1 Ben Daley.
Subs: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 James Slipper, 18 Ezra Taylor, 19 Andrew Shaw, 20 Richard Kingi, 21 Tim Walsh, 22 Will Chambers.

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