That pair will combine against the Waratahs on Friday night though, with O’Connor looking to build on his confident return at No.12 last weekend and Petaia set to start at outside centre.
Powered by the surging runs of Samu Kerevi last season, the Reds will look to that pair for a different way forward after the former captain’s move to Japan.
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Isaac Lucas will wear No.10 and Bryce Hegarty will start at fullback, the pair to be tested by a strong Waratahs side led by new captain Rob Simmons.
The Dalby clash will mark the first in regional Queensland between the sides since they met in Toowoomba 11 years ago.
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“It’s great we can take another pre-season match to country Queensland,” coach Brad Thorn said.
“As a group, we’re looking forward to connecting with the Dalby community and the Waratahs will provide a good contest for us as we focus on our season opener against the Brumbies next week.”
Reds: Dane Zander, Alex Mafi, Taniela Tupou, Angus Blyth, Tuaina Taii Tualima, Angus Scott-Young, Liam Wright (capt), Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott, Isaac Lucas, Henry Speight, James O’Connor, Jordan Petaia, Jock Campbell, Bryce Hegarty. Reserves: Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Dave Feao, Josh Nasser, Ryan Smith, Seru Uru, Moses Sorovi, Hamish Stewart, Ilaisa Droasese, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Sam Wallis, Hunter Paisami.
Brad Thorn didn’t have too much to complain about after last weekend’s spanking of the Rebels:
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