Quade to call shots for Reds

Quade Cooper is expected to captain the Reds against the British and Irish Lions. Sam Warburton will lead the tourists.

The Reds are missing seven regulars, who are unavailable because they are training with the Wallabies, which again means the tourists should win comfortably.

Coach Ewen McKenzie confirmed his match 23 but did not name a captain, which has led to speculation that Cooper will be given the additional responsibility.

This is Cooper’s last chance to make a claim for a late inclusion to the Wallabies squad.

Reds – 15 Ben Lucas, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Anthony Faingaa, 11 Luke Morahan, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Ed Quirk, 5 Ed O’Donoghue, 4 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson, 1 Ben Daley.
Subs: 16 Albert Anae, 17 Sam Denny, 18 Jono Owen, 19 Radike Samo, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Jono Lance, 22 Mike Harris, 23 Dom Shipperley.

Lions – Stuart Hogg, Alex Cuthbert, Sean Maitland, Manu Tuilagi, Jonathan Davies, Tommy Bowe, Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Toby Faletau, Sam Warburton (capt), Dan Lydiate, Geoff Parling, Richie Gray, Matt Stevens, Tom Youngs, Gethin Jenkins. Res: Richard Hibberd, Mako Vunipola, Adam Jones, Paul O’Connell, Justin Tipuric, Conor Murray, Jonny Sexton, George North.