McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City coach Nick Stiles has made four changes to his starting lineup to take on the NSW Country Eagles in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship semi-final in Gosford this Friday.
Brisbane City finished the inaugural season of the NRC in third place, forcing a trip to the NSW Central Coast for this elimination semi-final.
Stiles said his side was looking forward to the match and had worked hard to get to this point.
“More than anything we’re excited about the challenge ahead of us,” Stiles said.
“We haven’t focussed on results too much this season. We’ve just carried the mantra that if we work hard for each other, the enjoyment and the results will come off the back of that.
“The boys played well last weekend to beat a difficult opponent and our hard work has continued this week. This match simply presents them further opportunity to work hard for each other and enjoy their Rugby.”
Headlining the changes is the return of St.George Queensland Reds flanker Liam Gill, who will play his first game since City’s Round 6 clash against Bond University Queensland Country at Ballymore.
Gill has recovered from an upper body injury suffered in the Queensland Premier Rugby final and will slot in at openside flanker, with Michael Gunn shifting to the bench.
The only other change to the forward pack sees Reds Extended Player Squad member hooker Andrew Ready return to the starting lineup, with James Hanson unavailable due to Wallabies commitments.
In the backs, damaging ball carrier Samu Kerevi returns to the starting lineup, after overcoming a groin strain which ruled him out of last week’s win over the UC Vikings. His return moves capable Easts utility back Jack Mullins to the bench.
The only other change to the backs sees Lachie Turner ruled out due to a recurring ankle complaint, with former Reds outside back Brando Va’aulu returning to starting fullback.
Brisbane City play NSW Country Eagles at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, NSW, this Friday, 24 October, at 7:30pm (AEDT). The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports.
As part of the fundraising efforts for last week’s ‘Mental Health Round’, all jerseys from the Brisbane City match have been signed by the player that wore it and are currently being auctioned online at www.redsonlineauction.com.au to raise funds for national charity Lifeline.
McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City v NSW Country Eagles
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
1 Pettowa Paraka – Reds WTS/Easts
2 Andrew Ready – Reds EPS/Easts
3 Sef Faagase – Reds WTS/University of Queensland
4 Marco Kotze – GPS
5 Dave McDuling (C) – Reds/University of Queensland
6 Curtis Browning – Reds/University of Queensland
7 Liam Gill – Reds/Sunnybank
8 Jake Schatz – Reds/Sunnybank
9 Nick Frisby – Reds/GPS
10 Jake McIntyre – Reds WTS/Sunnybank
11 Matt Feaunati – Sunnybank
12 Samu Kerevi – Reds/GPS
13 Toby White – Easts
14 Chris Kuridrani – Reds/GPS
15 Brando Va’aulu – Sunnybank
16 Matt Mafi – Brothers
17 David Feao – Souths
18 Phil Kite – Reds WTS/GPS
19 Adam Korczyk – University of Queensland
20 Michael Gunn – Reds WTS/Easts
21 Jack Mullins – Easts
22 Sam Greene – Reds WTS/Brothers
23 Junior Laloifi – Sunnybank