James Slipper of St.George Queensland Reds.
James Slipper of St.George Queensland Reds. Steve Haag / Gallo Images / Getty Images

Slipper to lead Reds army into battle against Brumbies

JAMES Slipper will be wearing the Queensland Reds captains' armband in the Super Rugby season opener against the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday night.

The prop gets the job after regular captain James Horwill was given an additional week to recover from an ankle injury.

Horwill, who rolled his ankle during a contact session last Tuesday, will recommence full training later this week as he targets a return in the Reds first home game against the Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on February 23.

It will be the second time Slipper, 23, has led the Reds after he took charge in their second trial game of the season, the loss against the Chiefs on the Sunshine Coast last Friday night.

He said it was an honour to be appointed captain.

"It's extremely humbling to be chosen as captain, especially when you think about the many great captains Queensland has produced over the years," Slipper said.

"On a personal level it will be a very satisfying moment leading the Reds out, but at the end of the day we are there to get a job done and that's to beat the Brumbies."


Firm launches class action lawsuit over North Goonyella mine

Premium Content Firm launches class action lawsuit over North Goonyella mine

The complaint alleges Peabody failed to disclose adverse facts about the mine’s...

Road trip to support police officers’ mental health

Premium Content Road trip to support police officers’ mental health

The trip is part of a month-long regional campaign called the ‘Shout a Cop a Cuppa...

Teen girl in critical condition after horror abseiling fall

Premium Content Teen girl in critical condition after horror abseiling fall

A man and a teenager were flown to hospital with significant injuries after a fall...