Reds trio Digby Ioane, Beau Robinson and Anthony Faingaa will all return from injury to bolster the Reds line-up in Saturday's historic Super Rugby semifinal against the Blues.
Ioane (concussion), Robinson (elbow) and Faingaa (hamstring) have all been passed fit and will take their place in the starting line-up for what is the Reds first Super Rugby semifinal appearance in a decade.
Head coach Ewen McKenzie has also selected prop Greg Holmes in the starting team at tighthead to replace injured Wallaby James Slipper, while Guy Shepherdson gets an opportunity on the bench.
"We've been extremely impressed with the way our squad has handled the absence of some of our regulars, but you need strike power and experience to win big games and we have that returning in spades on Saturday," McKenzie said.
"All three targeted this match for their return and their hard work in the rehab stages has them well ahead of schedule and at full fitness.
"Greg brings a wealth of experience at both a provincial and international level and understands what's needed to win on the big stage.
"He has also played an important role in our campaign and that was none more evident than his performance against the Chiefs in our final game, where he played 74 minutes of his best rugby for the season."
The Reds have enjoyed a fortnight preparation for the encounter after earning the right to host the semifinal by finishing first on the Super Rugby ladder and winning the Australian Conference.
"We've experienced a number of highs this season but we understand the job isn't done and the players are really looking forward to the opportunity," McKenzie said.
"Finals are an exciting prospect for the entire organisation and our fans and I encourage everyone that hasn't already done so to purchase a ticket and be part of the historic match."
Reds: 15 Jono Lance, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Radike Samo, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Ben Daley.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Guy Shepherdson, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Jake Schatz, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Will Chambers.
Date: Saturday, July 2
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 19.40 (09.40 GMT)
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Stuart Dickinson (Australia), James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)
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