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The match will act as a grand final rematch, with Country having defeated the Vikings at the same venue just less then 12 months ago, to claim the 2017 NRC title.
Seventeen players from the 2017 premiership squad have been named in the match-day 23, while four players in the starting XV and a further two on the bench are in-line for their NRC and Country debuts. A total of 12 capped St.George Queensland Reds feature in the side, as well as capped Wallabies James Slipper and Caleb Timu and capped Australian Men’s Sevens players Tom Lucas and Tate McDermott.
In the back three, 2017 representative Jock Campbell will start on the right-wing, while Bond University’s Joey Fittock and Australian Sevens flyer Lucas will both make their NRC and Queensland Country debuts.
24 SEPTEMBER 2018