Changes for Reds, White keen on Smith

RICHARD FERGUSON updates followers of the latest Super Rugby news from Australia.

Changes aplenty for Reds

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has been forced into changing his team for their clash against the Highlanders this weekend. Digby Ioane, Chris Feauai-Suatia, Saia Fainga’a, Nick Frisby and Mike Harris are all set to miss the trip to Dunedin.

A slight bit of good news is that Liam Gill and Rob Simmons return to full fitness and will start in the loose and second row respectively. Simmons joins captain James Horwill, who is set to play more than the forty minutes he got against the Bulls. Gill’s return boosts the back row to the first choice trio of Eddie Quirk, Gill and Jake Schatz.

The only changes to the backline see two new wingers in Dom Shipperley and Luke Morahan, while the bench is a completely new combination with recalls for Ben Lucas, Aidan Toua and Rod Davies.

Reds : 15 Jono Lance, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Luke Morahan, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (c), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 James Hanson, 1 Greg Holmes.Substitutes: 16 Albert Anae, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Ed O’Donoghue, 19 Jarrad Butler, 20 Ben Lucas, 21 Aidan Toua, 22 Rod Davies.

Jake keen on Smith

Jake White has made it very clear that he intends to extend George Smith’s stay with the Brumbies, even though it would clash with the original agreement.

White was quoted as saying that he would like Smith to stay longer, but that he will wait while the season unfolds before approaching Suntory. Smith has been in great form for the Brumbies, already being right up there with pilfers and turnovers.

Should White be able to extend Smith’s deal, he will automatically become available for the Wallabies against the British and Irish Lions.

In other Brumbies related news, both Jesse Mogg and Nic White are expected to be fit to face the Bulls in Canberra this weekend. Both players missed the match against the Stormers, but are likely to return this week.