Ioane returns for Reds
26 Apr 2012
Digby Ioane has served his five week suspension and lines up in midfield against the Blues on Friday.
Ioane was pinned for a dangerous tackle earlier in the competition and is one of three changes to the Reds side that lost against the Stormers last week.
He replaces the injured Ben Tapuai, with Ben Lucas starting at flyhalf in place of Sam Lane. In the forwards No.8 Radike Samo is dropped from the match 22 with Scott Higginbotham replacing him and Liam Gill and Beau Robinson completing the back row.
On the bench, Wallabies centre Anthony Faingaa makes his return from a foot injury.
Reds - 15 Luke Morahan, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Digby Ioane, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Rod Davies, 10 Ben Lucas, 9 Will Genia, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Beau Robinson, 5 James Horwill (c), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 James Hanson, 1 Ben Daley.
Subs: 16 Albert Anae, 17 Greg Holmes, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Jake Schatz, 20 Ed Quirk, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Anthony Faingaa.
Blues - 15 Hadleigh Parkes, 14 George Moala, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Rudi Wulf, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid (c), 6 Daniel Braid, 5 Filo Paulo, 4 Ali Williams, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Tevita Mailau.
Subs: 16 James Parsons, 17 Angus Ta’avao, 18 Liaki Moli, 19 Chris Lowrey, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Michael Hobbs, 22 Benson Stanley.