Reds name Houston in squad

Date published: March 12 2017

The Reds have announced a 27-man squad for their two-week tour of South Africa and Argentina, which includes number eight Leroy Houston.

The squad departs from Brisbane on Monday for the tour and will face the Lions in Johannesburg and the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.

The squad features the 23 players from the match against the Crusaders, along with prop Kirwan Sanday, lock Lukhan Tui, number eight Houston and centre Henry Taefu.

The uncapped Sanday, who trained with the Reds throughout pre-season, has been brought into the tour squad as an injury replacement for Sef Fa’agase, who was a late withdrawal from the Crusaders match due to a calf injury.

Lukhan Tui, Houston and Taefu are yet to get a run in the Reds’ matchday 23 this season and will be looking at the tour as an opportunity to push their claims for selection.

Reds head coach Nick Stiles said: “Last night was tough for everyone, but there was enough in our performance to be excited about what’s to come from this group. We’re not happy with being thereabouts.

“The next two weeks are an important time in the development of this side. We’ve faced some adversity in the first few weeks of the competition, but we’ve also shown some growth. It’s a great opportunity to get away together as a group and really challenge each other to get the best out of ourselves.

“The Reds have struggled on this tour in recent years, but there is a genuine hunger and desire within this group to return home with something to show for our hard work.”

Reds touring squad:

Kirwan Sanday, James Slipper (c), Sam Talakai, Taniela Tupou, Markus Vanzati, Stephen Moore, Andrew Ready, Kane Douglas, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Lukhan Tui, Scott Higginbotham, Leroy Houston, Adam Korczyk, George Smith, Hendrik Tui, Nick Frisby, James Tuttle, Quade Cooper, Jake McIntyre, Samu Kerevi, Duncan Paia’aua, Henry Taefu, Karmichael Hunt, Chris Kuridrani, Eto Nabuli, Izaia Perese