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St.George Queensland Reds announce Round 14 team against New South Wales at Suncorp Stadium

The St.George Queensland Reds have made two changes to their starting XV for Saturday’s clash against New South Wales at Suncorp Stadium. 

After overcoming a broken leg in the pre-season, former Blues playmaker Matt McGahan will make his Queensland debut at fullback.

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto returns to the starting side at blindside flanker, seeing Angus Scott-Young shift to number eight. 

There are a further two changes to the reserves, as Scott Higginbotham takes his place on the bench, while Seb Wileman could potentially make his Super Rugby debut after being recalled to the Reds’ 23. 

Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “New South Wales are our traditional foe. They’re in a similar position to us on the table, so we’ll be looking to put in a good performance in front of our Queensland fans at home.

“Hamish Stewart is out this week with injury. It sees Matt McGahan get his first start for Queensland. He’s been working hard at training and deserves this opportunity. 

“Angus Scott-Young moves to number eight and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto will start in the six jersey. Scott Higginbotham will come on as a finisher this week. Apart from JP Smith, it again sees seven of the eight starting forward pack all come from the Queensland U20s together,” said Thorn.

Queensland play the Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night at 7:45pm AEST and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports. 

The Reds next home game is in Round 16 when they host the Jaguares at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday June 1. Tickets available via

St.George Queensland Reds v New South Wales Waratahs – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on May 18 at 7:45pm AEST

1. JP Smith – GPS
2. Alex Mafi – Bond University 
3. Taniela Tupou – Brothers 
4. Izack Rodda – Easts 
5. Angus Blyth – Bond University
6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto – Souths  
7. Liam Wright – Easts 
8. Angus Scott-Young – University of Queensland 
9. Tate McDermott – University of Queensland 
10. Bryce Hegarty – GPS 
11. Sefa Naivalu – Norths 
12. Samu Kerevi (c) – Souths
13. Chris Feauai-Sautia – Souths 
14. Jock Campbell – University of Queensland
15. Matt McGahan – Norths* 

16. Brandon Paenga-Amosa – Sunnybank
17. Harry Hoopert – Brothers  
18. Ruan Smith – GPS  
19. Scott Higginbotham – Wests  
20. Caleb Timu – Souths  
21. Moses Sorovi – Wests 
22. Duncan Paia’aua – Norths
23. Seb Wileman – Brothers**

*Denotes Queensland debut
**Denotes potential Super Rugby/Queensland debut

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