Super Rugby


8/21/2017

REDS WATCH: REDS TAKE FIELD IN BLOCKBUSTER HOSPITAL CUP CLASH


The Super Rugby season may be over, but there’s still plenty of Rugby to sink your teeth into.

We take a look at what some members of the St.George Queensland Reds squad are up to, whether they be representing the Wallabies, playing overseas for another club or domestically in club rugby and the National Rugby Championship.

REDS IN QUEENSLAND PREMIER RUGBY
Nine members of the St.George Queensland Reds program were in action during Sunday’s Queensland Premier Rugby grand final, with University of Queensland claiming the Hospital Cup 23-14 over GPS.

Prop Sef Fa’agase, flanker Angus Scott-Young and scrumhalf Moses Sorovi were all starters for University, with Adam Korczyk, Tate McDermott and Harry Hockings on the bench. Korczyk was a late inclusion for the final, getting a release from the Wallabies camp in Sydney, and was huge for the students off the bench.

Nick Frisby, James Tuttle and Chris Kuridrani were all starters for GPS and fought desperately to try to steer their club to their first premiership in 21 years, but University turned in a clinical defensive performance to claim their fourth title in eight years.

Those Reds players that weren’t in action on the field were out and about at Ballymore throughout the day, interacting with fans and participants at the various activities on offer in the precinct. Thanks to everyone who made it out to support grassroots Rugby.

The @redheavies are the 2017 Queensland Premier Rugby champions. Congratulations on another great season!

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REDS ABROAD
Veteran flanker George Smith continues to assert the adage that age is just a number, as the 38-year-old starred for Suntory Sungoliath in the opening round of Japan’s Top League competition last Friday night. 

Smith scored a try in Suntory’s 32-5 win over the Canon Eagles, as they opened their title defence at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in Tokyo. 

Reds fans will be happy to know Smith will be back in Queensland colours again next season, after an impressive return to Super Rugby in 2017.

REDS IN THE NRC
McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City and Bond University Queensland Country will ramp up preparations for the National Rugby Championship this week, following the conclusion of the Queensland Premier Rugby season. 

The two sides began training at Ballymore two weeks ago, but their squads are now at full strength, with players from University of Queensland and GPS joining this week.

Brisbane City’s squad features 17 members of the 2017 Reds squad, including capped Wallabies Quade Cooper, Kane Douglas, Nick Frisby and Samu Kerevi.

Queensland Country includes 13 members of the 2017 Reds squad, including capped Wallabies Stephen Moore, Rob Simmons and Eto Nabuli.

Brisbane City kicks off the tournament with a home game on Saturday 2 September against competition newcomers Fijian Drua at Ballymore Stadium. Country’s campaign starts on the same day, away to the Canberra Vikings.

REDS IN THE COMMUNITY
Despite the Super Rugby season ending some time ago, the Reds continue to be active in the local community.

Members of the Reds joined the masses to visit the Ekka at the Brisbane Showgrounds last week, with James Tuttle, Lachlan Maranta and Chris Kuridrani enjoying everything Brisbane’s largest cultural festival has to offer. 

Special thanks to partners Triple M and Brisbane Hit105 for hosting us.


Last week also saw Reds Caleb Timu, Lukhan Tui and Eto Nabuli head to Logan for the Q7s tournament at Logan Rugby Club.



A special mention must also go to injured Reds skipper James Slipper who has been hugely active in the community since suffering a season-ending Achilles injury in Round 4 of Super Rugby. 

Slipper has done almost 30 appearances totalling more than 60 hours in the community, in amongst the hours of rehab he has been working through in an attempt to get back on the field as quickly as possible. 

His appearances have taken him across the state, with visits to Townsville, Cherbourg, Bundaberg, Toowoomba and Gold Coast to name a few. 


VINTAGE REDS
Congratulations to Vintage Red Paul McLean MBE (QRU Rep #875) who was elected a QRU Life Member following the QRU’s 2017 bi-annual general meeting at Ballymore on Saturday.

McLean served with outstanding distinction over a lengthy career playing for Queensland from 1973-1982 with 100 games and 1,002 points (both a record at the time of his retirement). He captained Queensland 11 times, including a match against New Zealand at Ballymore in 1980.

He represented the Wallabies from 1974-1982, playing 70 matches including 30 Tests. He captained the Wallabies in four matches including one Test against Fiji. He scored 555 points for the Wallabies in both Test and Tour matches.