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Reds star Harry Wilson moves to the bench for Chiefs clash

By Finn Morton
(Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

The Queensland Reds have made seven changes to their starting side ahead of their trans-Tasman derby with the unbeaten Chiefs in New Plymouth on Friday night.

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After starting every match of this year’s Super Rugby Pacific campaign so far, Wallabies and Reds backrower Harry Wilson will look to provide some impact off the bench.

Co-captain will line up in the backrow alongside flanker Fraser McReight, while Seru Uru will pack down at the back of the scrum.

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Tate McDermott and Lawson Creighton will partner each other in the halves again this week, and will look to steer a relatively new backline around the park.

Taj Annan and Josh Flook have both been ruled out of the clash with the Chiefs, so Filipo Daugunu will start at outside centre this week.

Wallaby Jordan Petaia has also been ruled out of the match, with Jock Campbell shifting to fullback and rising star Mac Grealy coming into the starting XV on the left wing.

“The Chiefs provide a tough assignment on Friday night being the competition’s front runner,” coach Brad Thorn said in a statement.

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“They have threats across the field and we will need to be at our best.

“It’s pleasing to see Paddy and Louis potentially get an opportunity to debut.”

The match is set to kick off at 5.05pm AEST at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth, on Friday.

Reds team to take on Chiefs

  1. George Blake
  2. Richie Asiata
  3. Peni Ravai
  4. Angus Blyth
  5. Connor Vest
  6. Liam Wright (cc)
  7. Fraser McReight
  8. Seru Uru
  9. Tate McDermott
  10. Lawson Creighton
  11. Mac Grealy
  12. James O’Connor
  13. Filipo Daugunu
  14. Suliasi Vunivalu
  15. Jock Campbell

Replacements:

  1. Matt Faessler
  2. Sef Fa’agase
  3. Zane Nonggorr
  4. Ryan Smith
  5. Harry Wilson
  6. Louis Werchon
  7. Tom Lynagh
  8. Paddy James
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