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Reds suffer Lucas blow – Ben Lucas sustained a groin injury in Saturday’s win against the Cheetahs and will miss the Reds’ two-match tour of South Africa.
The injury puts the Reds in a difficult position, as they are already missing first-choice fullback Peter Hynes. Coach Ewen McKenzie will have to play another player out of position when the Reds tackle the Lions and Stormers.
McKenzie has named a 26-man squad for the tour, adding five players to the 21 (Lucas is unavailable) that beat the Cheetahs. Tighthead Guy Shepherdson, flank Liam Gill, scrumhalf Ian Prior and outside backs Will Chambers and Dom Shipperley will join the squad.