Reds’ attacking ace returns

Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper will make his long-awaited comeback from injury when he starts against the Lions on Saturday.

Cooper underwent knee surgery following last year’s World Cup third-place play-off. After seven months of rehabilitation, he is finally ready to play.

Cooper’s return sees Ben Lucas shifted to fullback and Luke Morahan demoted to the bench.

Coach Ewen McKenzie has made two changes to the front row, with Greg Holmes and Saia Faingaa getting starts.

Reds – 15 Ben Lucas, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia; 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Jake Schatz, 5 James Horwill (c), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Greg Holmes.
Subs: 16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Eddie Quirk, 20 Nick Frisby, 21 Chris F’sautia, 22 Luke Morahan.