Reds flanker Beau Robinson will earn his 50th Queensland cap this Saturday in an unchanged team named to face the Rebels.
Reds flanker Beau Robinson will earn his 50th Queensland cap this Saturday in an unchanged team named to face the Melbourne Rebels at Suncorp Stadium.
While Robinson started his Super Rugby career with the Waratahs, he has played the majority of his rugby in Queensland, including being an integral part of the 2011 championship-winning team.
Reds head coach Richard Graham praised Robinson for the achievement and all he has given to Queensland Rugby.
“Beau has worked incredibly hard to get to this point,”said Graham.
“No one could ever question his commitment to Queensland and the Reds jersey. He's a very passionate player and has always given everything for the team. This will mean a significant amount to him.”
Graham said the team was looking forward to a spirited clash with the Rebels on Saturday.
“I thought the team played some very good rugby in the first half last weekend against the Crusaders. We continue to work hard and there is an incredibly strong desire to correct our path and get back to winning games,” said Graham.
“We know what to expect when it comes to the Rebels. I know Tony (McGahan) well and it's obvious to anyone who has watched Super Rugby this year that he has turned the Rebels into a very physical and strong defensive side.
The Reds and Rebels have met six times in Super Rugby, with the Reds winning all six. They are the only Australian Super Rugby team to remain undefeated against the Rebels since they joined the competition in 2011. The Reds' most recent match against the Rebels was a 33-20 victory at Suncorp Stadium last year.
“The squad are aware of this and clearly part of the motivation will be to maintain this record,” said Graham.
“We had more than 34,000 fans at our match last weekend, which was the largest crowd of any Super Rugby match this season, our fans have stuck by us and we intend to repay them for their support with a strong performance this weekend.”
Reds: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Curtis Browning, 5 James Horwill, (C) 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson, 1 Ben Daley.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Jono Owen, 19 Ed O'Donoghue, 20 Dave McDuling, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Ben Lucas, 23 Rod Davies.
Date: Saturday 17 May
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 19.40 local (09.40 GMT)
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Matt O'Brien (Australia), Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)
Television match official: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)