Cham­bers dumped

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FOR­MER NRL pre­mier­ship three-quar­ter Will Cham­bers has been dumped from the Queens­land Reds squad for t o mo r r o w n i g h t ’ s S u p e r Rugby clash against the Mel­bourne Rebels.

The 22-year-old speed­ster, who played in the Mel­bourne Storm’s 2009 grand fi­nal tri­umph, was yes­ter­day re­placed by young­ster Ben Ta­puai who has been pre­ferred for a headto-head out­side cen­tre battle with for­mer Wal­la­bies skip­per Stir­ling Mort­lock at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

It was one of two changes to the Queens­land start­ing XV which beat the Brumbies 31-25 in round three, with lock Adam Wal­lace-Har­ri­son taki n g t h e p l a c e o f V a n Humphries who has been side­lined for four weeks with a bro­ken thumb.

Reds coach Ewen McKen­zie r e a s o n e d T a p u a i ’ s ‘‘ ir­re­sistable’’ pre-sea­son ef­forts and dis­plays at in­side cen­tre for the Queens­land Academy side, rather than C h a mbe r s ’ d i s a p p o i n t i n g form, had forced the change.

‘ ‘ He ( T a p u a i ) h a s d o n e ev­ery­thing we’ve asked of him and more and we are con­fi­dent he can get the job done on said.


Fri­day,’’ McKen­zie


eye-catch­ing de­but Su­per 14 sea­son for the Reds, Cham­bers un­der­went a shoul­der re­con­struc­tion mid­way through last year and McKen­zie cited that as pos­si­ble cause for lack­ing con­fi­dence in his re­turn to ac­tion.

Mak­ing mat­ters worse he was over­looked for a place on a for­wards-heavy bench, los­ing out to the ex­tra ver­sa­til­ity of speed­ster Luke Mo­ra­han.

For­mer Brumbies for­ward Radike Samo, one of five re­place­ment for­wards named, will make his first Su­per ap­pear­ance this sea­son af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a bro­ken fin­ger af­ter cap­tain James Hor­will was ex­pect­edly given an ex­tra week to over­come his an­kle in­jury.

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