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Toua at full-back for Reds

20th February 2014 06:37

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Full-back: Aidan Toua

Reds head coach Richard Graham has named his side to take on the Brumbies in their 2014 Super Rugby season opener in Canberra.

The match sees Aidan Toua claim the Reds' full-back jersey, in his first Super Rugby match since Reds v Hurricanes in March last year.

With five Super Rugby appearances for the Reds in two seasons, Toua enjoyed a strong pre-season and is ready to add to his experience at this level.

The match will also feature former Waratahs flyer Lachie Turner playing his first Super Rugby game for the Reds, after staking his claim with solid performances at wing and fullback in the pre-season.

Coach Graham said he was pleased with the work of his squad in the lead up to the opening round.

"We are glad this time has arrived. We've had more than four months of pre-season training," said Graham.

"The entire squad has worked hard to prepare for the season and as a consequence there is a lot of competition for spots within our squad."

Graham said the team was looking forward to the clash and he expected the Brumbies will continue to play to their strengths.

"The Brumbies are a team that play strong field position, maul well, squeeze teams defensively and look to accumulate points when they're on offer," added Graham.

"Traditionally the early rounds of Super Rugby tend to be highly physical encounters. Add to that the fact it is a derby and you can expect a fairly bruising opening round of the Australian conference.

"After playing the Chiefs and Rebels in our pre-season games, we feel we are well prepared for this weekend."

Reds: 15 AIdan Toua, 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Dom Shipperley, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Ed Quirk, 5 James Horwill (c), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Saia Fainga'a, 1 James Slipper
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Jono Owen, 19 Ed O'Donoghue, 20 Beau Robinson, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Anthony Fainga'a, 23 Chris Feauai-Sautia

Date: Saturday, February 22
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Kickoff: 19:40 (local, 08:40 GMT)
Referee: James Leckie (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Ian Smith (Australia)
TMO: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)

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