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McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City side to play Bond University Queensland Country in Andy Purcell Cup clash

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City have named their side for Round 2 of the National Rugby Championship where they’ll take on local rivals Bond University Queensland Country for the annual Andy Purcell Cup at the Noosa Dolphins Rugby Football Club on Saturday.

Brisbane City have made five changes to the starting side for this weekend’s match, with GPS forward Radike Samo named for his Brisbane City debut at blindside flanker.

University of Queensland pivot Alex Horan is also set for his City debut at flyhalf with Quade Cooper unavailable due to a death in the family.

Recent City debutant Maaloga Konelio has been promoted to the starting side while Dan Gorman will also make his run-on debut.

Chris Kuridrani will replace Lachlan Maranta on the wing after Maranta aggravated an existing groin injury at training on Thursday night.

Earlier in the week, Adam Korcyzk travelled to Perth to train with the Wallabies’ Rugby Championship squad but will fly home to play from the bench.

Souths hooker Maile Ngauamo has been named for a potential Brisbane City debut from the bench while GPS’ forward Michael Richards will provide second-row cover.

Brisbane City head coach Mick Heenan said: “We obviously had a few players who joined the Wallabies squad in Perth, which meant they weren’t able to train with us throughout the week.

Dan (Gorman) and Radike (Samo) have an opportunity to see what they can do in the starting side and we now have some real impact from the bench.

“Last weekend we were pleased with our forward pack’s performance in the first half and this weekend we’ll have Korcyzk coming off the bench, which will give us a nice spread across the match.

Maaloga (Konelio) comes into the starting side for the first time and he has an established combination with AJ from their time together at GPS.

“As Quade is unavailable, Alex (Horan) will make his debut at 10 alongside his University of Queensland teammate, scrumhalf Moses Sorovi.”

Since the inaugural season of the National Rugby Championship in 2014, the Andy Purcell Cup has celebrated one of the longest rivalries in Australian sport, which dates back to 1902 when City and Country representative sides played at a ‘Country Week’ Carnival.

Purcell was a QRU Life Member who graced the game with more than 50 years of service before his death in 2013. He spent a lifetime connected to Rugby in this state as both a Queensland and a club player, a referee, selector, coach and administrator.

In a first for Queensland’s NRC teams, players from both sides will be wearing club socks to recognise the Queensland Rugby pathway they came through to ultimately play NRC.

Saturday’s match is the first NRC fixture on the Sunshine Coast since 2015. Entry to the match is FREE.

Brisbane City side to face Queensland Country:

1. Laione Mulikhaamea – GPS
2. Andrew Ready (C) – Reds/Easts
3. Sam Talakai – Reds/Brothers
4. Dan Gorman – GPS (Brisbane City run-on debut)
5. Lukhan Tui – Reds/Souths
6. Radike Samo – GPS (Brisbane City debut)
7. Michael Gunn – Reds/Easts
8. Reece Hewat – Reds/Norths
9. Moses Sorovi – Reds/University of Queensland
10. Alex Horan – University of Queensland (Brisbane City debut)
11. Ed Fidow – Wests
12. AJ Alatimu – GPS
13. Maaloga Konelio – GPS (Brisbane City run-on debut)
14. Chris Kuridrani – Reds/GPS
15. Jayden Ngamanu – Reds/Souths

16. Maile Ngauamo – Souths (Potential Brisbane City debut)
17. Markus Vanzati – Reds/Souths
18. Feao Fotuaika – Sunnybank
19. Michael Richards – GPS
20. Adam Korczyk – Reds/University of Queensland
21. Pat Morrey – University of Queensland
22. Issak Fines-Leleiwasa – Sunnybank
23. Henry Taefu – Reds/Sunnybank

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About Andy Purcell:

Andy Purcell first played Rugby at St. Mary’s College in Toowoomba, before moving to Brisbane to play for University of Queensland.

It was during his time with UQ that he earned four caps for Queensland.

He finished his playing career on the Darling Downs playing for Millmerran.

He then shifted his focus to refereeing in the Darling Downs competition from 1963 to 1969 and was also instrumental in the establishment of the Toowoomba Rangers Rugby Club.

In 1971, Purcell was chosen to be a Queensland Country selector. He went on to coach the representative side from 1974 to 1975.

He also coached Darling Downs for a season in 1972.

He was elected a Life Member of Queensland Rugby Union in 1986.

While serving as Vice-President of Queensland Rugby, Purcell was also President of the Queensland Country Rugby Union in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He retired from the role of Queensland Rugby Union Vice-President in 2006.

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