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McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City side to play NSW Country Eagles

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City have named their side for Round 9 of the National Rugby Championship, as they prepare to take on the NSW Country Eagles in Orange on Saturday.

University of Queensland flyhalf James Dalgleish who guided UQ to Queensland Premier Rugby Hospital Cup success will wear the number 10 jersey for the first time this year having overcome syndesmosis which ruled him out in the earlier rounds.

Sam Talakai will captain the side in the absence of regular skipper Andrew Ready who will represent the Barbarians when they play the Wallabies on Saturday.

Talakai will pack down in the front row with Reuben Leilua at loosehead and Ryan Freney at hooker. Both will make their run-on debuts for Brisbane City.

Wests lock Tevita Ratuva also comes into the starting side for his run-on debut while Pat Morrey returns at blindside flanker.

In the backline, Sunnybank’s Junior Laloifi will start on the wing for the first time this year while Jayden Ngamanu and Maaloga Konelio also return.

University of Queensland forwards Campbell Wakely and Sam Reiser are both in line for their potential Brisbane City debuts from the bench.

Brisbane City head coach Mick Heenan said: “We were obviously very disappointed with how we performed in the second half last week but the boys took ownership of that performance and we’ve had a good week of training.”

“Our season is on the line and if we show up to Orange with a determined mindset we’ll give ourselves a chance.

“It’s a new-look front row for us but Ryan (Freney) has performed well for GPS this year and Reuben (Leilua) really strengthened our scrum at Uni when he returned for the finals series. They’ll both benefit from having Sam’s (Talakai) experience there.

“We’re lucky to have James Dalgleish in our squad with Quade Cooper unavailable due to Barbarians duties. He’s a talented young flyhalf who has steered UQ to two premierships in the last four years.

“Campbell (Wakely) and Sam (Reiser) both get another opportunity at the next level and I’m excited to see how they go,” Heenan said.

The match kicks off at 12:00pm AEST on Saturday and can be viewed LIVE on FOX Sports Television.

Brisbane City side to face NSW Country Eagles

1. Reuben Leilua – University of Queensland (Brisbane City run-on debut)
2. Ryan Freney – GPS (Brisbane City run-on debut)
3. Sam Talakai – Reds/Brothers
4. Tevita Ratuva – Wests (Brisbane City run-on debut)
5. Dan Gorman – GPS
6. Pat Morrey – University of Queensland
7. Michael Gunn – Reds/Easts
8. Michael Richards – GPS
9. Nick Frisby – Reds/GPS
10. James Dalgleish – University of Queensland
11. Junior Laloifi – Sunnybank
12. Chris Kuridrani – Reds/GPS
13. Maaloga Konelio – GPS
14. Jayden Ngamanu – Reds/Souths
15. Jake Strachan – Sunnybank

16. Campbell Wakely – University of Queensland (Potential Brisbane City debut)
17. Markus Vanzati – Reds/Souths
18. Feao Fotuaika – Sunnybank
19. Sam Reiser – University of Queensland (Potential Brisbane City debut)
20. Jack de Guingand – University of Queensland
21. Moses Sorovi – Reds/University of Queensland
22. Alex Horan – University of Queensland
23. Dylan Riley – Bond University

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