Goromaru set for first Reds start

Date published: March 3 2016

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27:  Ayumu Goromaru of the Reds kicks a penalty goal during the round one Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Reds at Allianz Stadium on February 27, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The Reds have named their side for their first home game of the 2016 season as they look to bounce back against the Force.

Head coach Richard Graham has made two changes to the starting lineup. An ankle injury to Henry Teafu (six to eight weeks) has forced a backline shuffle, with Karmichael Hunt shifting to inside centre and Japanese Test player Ayumu Goromaru making his run-on debut at full-back.

On the bench, Ballymore Kid contract winner Junior Laloifi is in line to make his Queensland and Super Rugby debut after being named as cover for the outside backs.

Graham said his side was looking forward to their first home game of the year.

"This is an important game for us and we’re pleased it is at Suncorp Stadium. We are continuing to build and the support of our home supporters will be important,” he said.

Reds: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Curtis Browning, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Rob Simmons (c), 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Saia Fainga’a, 1 Ben Daley
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Sef Fa’agase, 18 Sam Balakai, 19 Ben Matwijow, 20 Michael Gunn, 21 Scott Gale, 22 Sam Greene, 23 Junior Laloifi

Date: Saturday, March 5
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 18:45 local (08:45 GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Referees: Nic Berry, Damien Mitchelmore
TMO: George Ayoub

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