Greg Holmes in starting side as Reds tackle Brumbies
AFTER playing in the World Cup final in England, Allora prop Greg Holmes returns to the St.George Queensland Reds starting side for second and final pre-season match against the Brumbies at Ballymore Stadium on Friday.
Reds head coach Richard Graham has made a single change to the starting side, with Reds centurion Holmes returning to the field for the first time since the World Cup.
Graham has also trimmed his bench down from 13 players to 11 - with several changes in the reserves list, including the addition of Japanese Test players Ayumu Goromaru and Hendrik Tui.
"It's a good opportunity for us continue to challenge ourselves and the way we want to play this seaso," Graham said.
"The fact we get to play at Ballymore again is an added bonus.
"This is our final trial before the season proper kicks off.
"We did some good things last weekend but we want to see more from the group Friday night. We have been working hard to create pressure and we need to capitalise on those opportunities."
This will be the final season for Holmes at the Reds for now as he will join Exeter at the end of the Super Rugby season.
The match is the final opportunity for fans to see the Reds in action before their opening round Super Rugby match against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday 27 February.
The Reds play the Brumbies at Ballymore Stadium this Friday, 12 February, at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at www.redsrugby.com.au.
St.George Queensland Reds v Brumbies
Pre-season match, Ballymore Stadium, Friday 12 February
1. Ben Daley
2. Andrew Ready
3. Greg Holmes
4. Cadeyrn Neville
5. Rob Simmons (C)
6. Lolo Fakaosilea
7. Liam Gill
8. Jake Schatz
9. Nick Frisby
10. Jake McIntyre
11. Eto Nabuli
12. Henry Taefu
13. Samu Kerevi
14. Chris Feauai-Sautia
15. Karmichael Hunt