Aussie latest – Reds keep it steady

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Reds keep it steady - The Reds named centre Ben Tapuai as the replacement for injured utility Mike Harris as their only change for the clash with the Blues.

Fullback Ben Lucas and winger Luke Morahan have both been cleared despite suffering shoulder injuries in last week’s win over the Melbourne Rebels.

Reds - 15 Ben Lucas, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Radike Samo, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 James Horwill (c), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Ben Daley.
Subs: 16 James Hanson, 17 Guy Shepherdson, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Jake Schatz, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Will Chambers, 22 Dom Shipperley.

Toulon snap up Smith - Force wing David Smith has signed a two-year deal with French Top 14 side Toulon.

Smith is signed as a marquee player and as such is only permitted a one-year contract at a time. Force coach Richard Graham said he understood Smith’s position.

‘He was upfront with us that there was a longer-term opportunity for him in Toulon,’ Graham told the club’s website.