7 Jul 2011

Reds set to name rare unchanged team

8:54 am on 7 July 2011

The Reds coach Ewen McKenzie is set to name his first unchanged 22-man squad of the season when he unveils Queensland's team to play the Super Rugby final against the Crusaders in Brisbane.

Luke Morahan was the only potential change to the squad which defeated the Blues 30-13 last weekend but McKenzie says the winger is struggling to overcome a torn hamstring.

Only once before has McKenzie named the same starting 15 in a season where he has used 38 players.

In a good omen for the Reds, that was when an unchanged side defeated the Crusaders 17-16 in round 15 at a sold-out Suncorp Stadium which will be full again on Saturday night.

The Crusaders will also name their team today with most concern held over halfback Andy Ellis who injured a shoulder in the 29-10 semi-final win over the Stormers.