Queensland Reds announce Round 3 team against Western Force

Tate McDermott will take his place in the halves. Photo Credit: QRU/Brendan Hertel

The Queensland Reds have made three changes to their starting side for tomorrow night’s clash against the Western Force at Suncorp Stadium.

Lock Angus Blyth has been ruled out with a minor shoulder injury seeing Angus Scott-Young slot into the secondrow in his first Vodafone Super Rugby AU start.

Following a man-of-the-match performance against the Rebels, Chris Feauai-Sautia also comes into the starting side this week on the wing, as Jock Campbell shifts to fullback.

There are a further four changes to the bench with frontrower Jack Straker and lock Ryan Smith set to potentially make their Super Rugby and Queensland debuts.

While prop Dane Zander and outside back Bryce Hegarty have both been named as finishers for tomorrow night.

“It’s good to be back home this week,” said Reds coach Brad Thorn.

“We’ve dug deep and come away with points in our last couple of games. We’re building our game and looking for improvement on Friday night.

“It’s great to have the Force back in the competition.

“They were competitive against the Waratahs in their first hit-out.

“They’ve got plenty of experience with a few Queenslanders there too.

“We’re expecting them to be a tough opponent.

“Jack Straker and Ryan Smith have been named in the 23 and could make their debuts.

“They’ve worked hard in our program and deserve their selection.”

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