Tom Lynagh to Start at Flyhalf As Reds Name Team For Waratahs Clash

Tom Lynagh to Start at Flyhalf As Reds Name Team For Waratahs Clash
Photo Credit: QLD Reds

Amid fierce competition, Tom Lynagh earns a start at the No.10 position as the Queensland Reds announce their starting lineup for their highly anticipated Round 1 match against the NSW Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

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Nine Wallabies named

QLD Reds vs NSW Waratah
Here’s how the team will lineup against the Waratahs. Photo Credit: Instagram/Queensland Reds

Head coach Les Kiss has named nine players with Wallabies experience in the starting lineup, including co-captains Tate McDermott and Liam Wright. 

Twenty-year-old Tom Lynagh has been given the nod to start at flyhalf ahead of Saturday’s clash. Lynagh gained valuable Super Rugby experience last season and will look to use that in steering the Reds around the park.

“I’ve got good options at No.10 and this week it is Tom Lynagh’s opportunity.”

Three potential debutants named on bench

Three players are in line to make their Super Rugby Pacific debuts if called upon from the bench – flyhalf Harry McLaughlin-Phillips, backrower John Bryant and Irish lock Cormac Daly.

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McLaughlin-Phillips and Bryant are Queensland juniors who earned their first Reds caps against Japan last year. Daly joined the Reds from Sydney club Randwick and previously represented Ireland Under-20s.

Queensland v NSW, a classic rivalry

Saturday’s match reignites one of rugby’s great rivalries between the Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs. Both sides will be eager to start their Super Rugby Pacific campaigns with a win.

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According to Coach Kiss, Reds versus Waratahs matches bring out the best in the rivalry between the states. The Reds have won the past three games against the Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium and will look to continue that streak.

Published 22-February-2024