No rural romp for Latham

Chris Latham has been ruled out of the Reds’ Vodacom Super 14 finale against the Highlanders in Townsville.

The Wallaby fullback has not recovered from a hamstring strain suffered last weekend. His place his taken by Julian Huxley, who returns from injury, as does Lloyd Johansson.

Johansson will start from the bench at the expense of Caleb Brown, with Tim Atkinson also being retained on the bench from last week.

Drew Mitchell, who has signed with the Force because he wasn’t given the opportunity to play at fullback for the Reds, remains on the wing.

Following his impressive debut Super 14 performance last week, Andrew Brown has been retained at inside centre.

Reds team to play Highlanders:

15 Julian Huxley, 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Ben Tune, 12 Andrew Brown, 11 Peter Hynes, 10 Berrick Barnes, 9 Josh Valentine, 8 John Roe, 7 David Croft, 6 Mitchell Chapman, 5 James Horwill, 4 Mark Connors, 3 Rodney Blake, 2 Sean Hardman, 1 Greg Holmes.
Subs: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Anthony Mathison, 18 Cameron Treloar, 19 Tom McVerry, 20 Nic Berry, 21 Lloyd Johansson, 22 Tim Atkinson