Reds to cope without Slipper

Date published: November 22 2015

Queensland Reds forwards coach Nick Stiles has backed the squad to cope without Australia prop James Slipper.

The experienced Test prop is set to miss the start of the 2016 Super Rugby season after undergoing surgery.

Looking within the squad, Stiles spoke highly about the potential of young props Sef Fa’agase and Sam Talakai.

However the good news for the Reds is that Ben Daley, a Super Rugby winner with the side back in 2011, is close to full fitness after an injury-plagued campaign this year.

“He’s somewhere up near 70-80 Super Rugby caps, he’s won a Super Rugby title,” Stiles told the Super Rugby website.

“That shows you the depth we have and the biggest reason we’ve had such an improvement in the last two years is the quality of training because of that depth.

“Strong Queensland sides have traditionally been built around a strong and powerful pack and that’s the challenge for our squad.”