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Queensland Reds a mystery following Quade's absence

Samu Kerevi

Just how the Reds will play and who will play where this season remains a mystery, with Tens captain Samu Kerevi admitting that it will be tough to fill the void left by Quade Cooper.

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“It’s a tough situation for Quade. He is still training hard in the off-season and that work ethic will help him come back stronger,” he said.

“We have got some young guys to fill that void, and it is a big void to fill, but Thorny has made that decision on what he believes is best for the team.”

The Reds have named 11 uncapped players in their 26-man squad for the Brisbane Tens, including young gun Hamish Stewart who looks likely to start at 10 this season.

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“You will see expansive rugby but we want to keep how we play under wraps until the Tens so it is a surprise,” Kerevi said.

There is no shortage of emerging talent in the backs, with a host of the Queensland Country players who took out the National Rugby Championship under Brad Thorn’s guidance.

“We have some amazing players in the wide channels.

“Filipo Daugunu, Izaia (Perese) is quicker than most the guys in the squad, but we want to keep how we want to play under wraps until the actual competition.”

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“If you look at the squad, it is a young squad,” he said.

“During our training sessions there have been guys that we never knew could step up that have.

“That makes life easier for me when I have guys like Duncan (Paia’aua), Chris Feauia-Sautia is stepping up in the centres and working really hard.

Kerevi has been impressed with the change of guard at Ballymore, with a renewed work ethic apparent within the squad.

“I came in in January after the Spring Tour and the boys were working hard,” he said.

“The foundation was already set with the culture and that has been amazing.

“He has instilled with all the young guys and even the older blokes – they’re all training hard and it’s been that work ethic that I am really surprised with.

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“There are no excuses – guys are just putting their head down and working hard.

Queensland Reds Squad for Brisbane Tens: James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Sef Fa’agase, JP Smith, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Andrew Ready, Angus Blyth, Harry Hockings, Kane Douglas, Angus Scott-Young, Michael Gunn, Liam Wright, Tai Ford, Reece Hewat, James Tuttle, Moses Sorovi, Tate McDermott, Hamish Stewart, Nick Jooste, Teti Tela, Tony Hunt, Samu Kerevi (c), Filipo Daugunu, Jayden Ngamanu, Izaia Perese, Lachlan Maranta.

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sean 1 hours ago
The bite don't match the bark

Yeah, he has a few good points… I disagree that our 7s haven't done anything, we won Bronze in 2016, and we were virtually unplayable to the backend of the “teens” winning the series. 7s is far more competitive globally than Union, so it's fair to say we haven't dominated, but we are almost always contenders. But I do agree that our national side doesn't perform nearly as well as it should between World Cups, and I do agree that our supporters can be too passionate and the opitimity of what Rugby stands against. I have said so many times. And I also believe some context needs to be taken into account with Saturday's win for Ireland. They're a really good team! Settled coaching staff, and bar a few legends retiring, they've had a full season and plenty of time together. We have some youngsters being groomed for the future, have played only 3 games now under a new coaching team with new philosophies and game plans. I'm excited by what the future of this team holds, as much as I am disappointed by the result. But unlike this article suggests, I am never going to take away from what Ireland has achieved, is achieving, and where they're heading. As a Rugby fan, I love the tight games, like the last two weekends. As a Bok Super Fan, I agree we don't perform as well as we should. And as an aside, you come play a game at 7am on our fields, bud. -2°c and frost on the field that is as hard as concrete…. Then we’ll see just how tough you are. Well done Ireland! They played well, and gave our boys a lot to think about. That's what you want from the top two teams in the world. Rugby won. The fans of this greatbsport won. A'n bullshit like this article is why Rugby is losing its identity. I don't like soccer. This article perpetuates the soccer influences the game of Rugby is starting to see. It's why Wayne Barnes retired, feared for his family, and he isn't the only ref to say so. I have called out many Bok fans for being an embarrassment to the game, and I will continue to do so. Rugbypass.com, this article is close to the same bullshit. You should be better.

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Michael 3 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

Cant deny Christie is a good defender, box kicks well at times, BUT he’s a second too slow passing from the ground. Roigard, Ratima and Hotham will be our 2027 halfbacks I believe DMAC has played reasonably well in both games, so deserves to keep his place - his two breaks at Eden Park should have resulted in tries. Reece was really to blame for the Taylor failure - he stayed too wide, if he had come in a couple of meters the pass from Taylor would have worked. The Perofeta failure was extraordinary, he is normally such a good distributor, failure to draw in Steward was remarkable, failure to look inside was a shocker. Cory Flynn as lineout coach… umm something a miss here. Not sure who is calling the lineouts, but clearly we miss Whitelock’s leadership. Having a disfunctional line out really underminded the AB attack. But let’s remind ourselves Itoje is a master, and their tactics of going for the arms of the jumper on landing and pulling over was brilliant causing Paddy and Scooter to both fumble the balls. I am a Blues supporter so I like Talea, but if you play him on the wrong wing look out. While he’s not the fastest wing, he’s elusive and very industrious always looking for work. However, he’s not the tallest player, and everyone knows his weakness (a) being turned in defence - he’s slow to turn and react and (b) never jumps for high balls is normally out jumped. Personally, I find Recce and Talea too alike - Razor needs to couple them with another complementary partner Clark and Narawa respectively. However, for me the real troubling challenge is our mid-field. I am sorry Barrett & Ioane are a poor combo - either Barrett & Proctor or ALB & Ioane - but having two mid-fielders who are poor distributors is nuts. Jordie had a forgettable game in truth he missed so many tackles, which to be fair is unlike him. But sadly both Barrett and Ioane chose to bash first and rarely distribute cleanly.

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