Reds not Wright

Shit house news out of Ballymore today with skipper Liam Wright expected to be sidelined for 10 weeks with an ankle injury.

Not ideal - obviously.

Fraser McReight and Harry Wilson will be looking for a new amigo in the back row with Wright likely to miss all the Super Rugby AU season you'd think.

The obvious choice is Angus Scott-Young.

Tough & uncompromising.

Or perhaps they might move Lukhan Salakaia-Loto to the #6 jersey and back two of the young fellas as the locks.

Who knows - the problem with that theory is that Salakaia-Loto is out for a couple of games at the front end of the season due to his suspension he received from the Wallabies last test.

Speaking of those young locks - it was good to see Ryan Smith debut for the Reds on Friday night in the trial game against the Waratahs.

A great advertisement for the Queensland Premier Rugby platform, Smith played in Colts 3 down @ Brothers in his first year in club football.

Just let that sink in, Colts 3!

You would have hated to have been the poor bloke who's potentially hungover on a Saturday morning, rocking up @ 8:30am and having to tackle Smith - no thanks.

If you missed the Reds trial game the other night - here it is.

Wright's injury gives these young blokes and an opportunity to grab a jersey and make the most of it.

The next question, who captains?

The obvious choice is James O'Connor.

If not JOC, perhaps it might be someone like BPA, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, maybe Tate McDermott or perhaps Fraser McReight - who previously captained the Australian Under 20's side and has been touted as a potential future leader for the Reds.

Either way - they've got some nice options.

12 days til Round 1 against the Waratahs @ Suncorp - I can't wait.

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