Lucas to spearhead Reds

Ben Lucas will replace Quade Cooper at flyhalf when the Reds tackle the Sharks in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Reds decided not to appeal Cooper’s one-week ban for a dangerous tackle, which meant their key playmaker was unavailable for selection this weekend. This sees Lucas take over the No 10 jersey, which is the only change to the Reds’ run-on side.

On the bench, utility back Nick Frisby takes the vacant spot on the bench.

Reds – 15 Luke Morahan, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Ben Lucas, 9 Will Genia (c), 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Jake Schatz, 5 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Greg Holmes.
Subs: 16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Radike Samo, 19 Beau Robinson, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Ben Tapuai.