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  • 10th Mar 2012
  • KO 08:40
  • Ground: Ballymore

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At Suncorp Stadium, Saturday March 10, kick-off 8.40am

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Scott Higginbotham and Saia Faingaa are set to return to the Reds squad for the Super Rugby clash with the Rebels on Saturday.

Higginbotham was forced to miss the 35-20 win over the Force after suffering a gluteus muscle strain at training, while Faingaa has been sidelined since injuring his ankle in pre-season.

Higginbotham will now form a new-look back-row with Liam Gill and Jake Schatz.

Faingaa, though, has to settle for a spot on the bench, with James Hanson retaining the No.2 shirt despite issues over his lineouts against the Force.

"We're excited once again to be giving our depth an opportunity and to be getting a few players back through injury," coach Ewen McKenzie said.


"Managing the workload within our group has been a topic I've covered before and this week it's Liam who gets his chance to start the game from the opening whistle.

"It's also pleasing to once again have Saia available for selection while Higgers is back to full strength after we took a conservative approach to a minor injury last week."

The Rebels will be buoyed by the inclusion of Australia full-back Kurtley Beale - with the marquee signing recovering from a hamstring injury to make his debut.

Beale comes in for the benched Lachlan Mitchell, with Mark Gerrard moving to the wing.

The Rebels has also named Richard Kingi at scrum-half for the derby, while Luke Jones fills in for banned lock Adam Byrnes.

Reds: 15 Luke Morahan, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Jono Lance, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Mike Harris, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 James Horwill (c), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 James Hanson, 1 Ben Daley.
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Greg Holmes, 18 Van Humphries, 19 Radike Samo, 20 Beau Robinson, 21 Ben Lucas, 22 Rod Davies.

Rebels: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Mark Gerrard, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 James O'Connor, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Richard Kingi, 8 Gareth Delve (capt), 7 Tom Chamberlain, 6 Tim Davidson, 5 Hugh Pyle, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Adam Freier, 1 Nic Henderson.
Replacements: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 Rodney Blake, 18 Alister Campbell, 19 Jarrod Saffy, 20 Nick Phipps, 21 Lachlan Mitchell, 22 Julian Huxley.

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