Cooper helps sharpen O'Connor for Tahs clash

Phil Lutton 1:06 AM   Quade Cooper may not be able to run out against the Waratahs but could yet play an influential role in the Reds' match against their arch-rivals on Saturday.

Waratahs brace for defiant Reds

Injury doubt: Adam Ashley-Cooper sat out training on Tuesday with his knee iced.

Georgina Robinson 1:05 AM   The Waratahs are bracing for a defiant performance from the Reds as the under-siege Queenslanders seek to topple the reigning Super Rugby champions in the same week their marquee signing appears in a Gold Coast court.

Reds get not-so-gentle reminders about Waratahs

Derby dual: Queenland Reds coach Richard Graham.

Phil Lutton   Waratahs week at Ballymore has started with a flood of ex-players sending messages to coach Richard Graham, reminding him of how vital it is to give the Old Enemy a decent whack.

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Three Australian finalists a pipedream

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Paul Cully   ARU boss Bill Pulver's pre-season prediction about three locals in the finals is already looking on the hopeful side.

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O’Connor gets up to speed of local game

Pleasing return: James O’Connor in action.

James O'Connor's impressive Queensland Reds debut was just a taste of what is to come from the rejuvenated former Wallaby, according to coach Richard Graham.

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Mistakes cost Reds over Highlanders

Waisake Naholo of the Highlanders touches down for a try.

The Queensland Reds were left to rue sloppy errors and poor execution after falling 20-13 to the Highlanders in Friday's Super Rugby clash in Dunedin.

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We need rugby forwards, not league backs

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Spiro Zavos   The Queensland Reds were given a hospital pass with Karmichael Hunt receiving a Notice to Appear next Thursday at the Southport Magistrates Court on cocaine charges.

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The Village of Stupids still has room

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Darren Kane   Sometimes the strangest things are dead spot-on. Presently, my five-year-old daughter's obsession is with Enid Blyton's decades-old tale Adventures of the Wishing Chair and its sequel.

Titans hopeful players can return after court appearances

Court date: Beau Falloon.

Phil Lutton   The Gold Coast Titans are hopeful their accused players can return to the field after their court appearances in coming weeks but the Queensland Reds are taking a wait-and-see approach to the playing future of star signing Karmichael Hunt.

Highlanders v Reds

James O'Connor

Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin Friday 5.35pm (AEST)

Turner settled in backline shuffle

Lachie Turner in action for the Reds earlier this month in Canberra.

Beth Newman   The Queensland Reds have become experts at the backline shuffle in 2015 but it's something Lachie Turner is used to.

O'Connor set for long-awaited Reds debut

New recruit: James O'Connor poses for a photo during a Queensland Reds media session at Ballymore Stadium.

Vince Rugari   James O'Connor will finally make his Queensland Reds debut after being named to start in Friday's Super Rugby clash with the Highlanders in Dunedin.

Accused players grilled in Star Chamber

Former Brisbane Broncos star Karmichael Hunt has been charged with supplying cocaine.

Phil Lutton   Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission investigators have started face-to-face meetings with some of the footballers facing cocaine charges as intrigue continues to grow around which domino may be the next to fall in the unfolding scandal.

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Football's dirty little secret not so surprising

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster   Revelations that footballers have been using party drugs does not surprise.

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Footballers caught on video with accused drug dealer

Video link: Titans forward Greg Bird has been served with a notice to appear in court to face drug charges.

Phil Lutton, Kim Stephens   The footballers allegedly caught up in Queensland’s cocaine scandal may have been captured on video liaising with an accused drug dealer at the centre of the unfolding drama, which stands to net more big names.

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Queensland Reds shift focus after Karmichael Hunt allegations

Karmichael Hunt

Beth Newman   Queensland Reds star Karmichael Hunt will not be training or playing with the Queensland Reds until his March 5 court date, as the club tries to shift its focus to Friday night's clash with the Highlanders

Football's cocaine scandal: five key questions

Phil Lutton   Five key questions about the cocaine scandal.

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Karmichael Hunt not training with Reds until after court date

In limbo: Karmichael Hunt is facing four charges of supplying a dangerous drug.

Beth Newman   Queensland Reds star Karmichael Hunt will not train or play with the side until his March 5 court date. 

Hunt won't be considered for Reds

In limbo: Karmichael Hunt is facing four charges of supplying a dangerous drug.

Phil Lutton   Karmichael Hunt won't be selected for the Reds to play the Highlanders on Friday night, with the club set to clarify whether the player will be allowed to train with the team.

Resilient Reds win against all odds

Samu Kerevi of the Reds is tackled during the round two Super Rugby match.

Reds skipper Slipper said the win had been immensely satisfying after a tough week all around the club.