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.
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.