JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

McKenzie pieces together Queensland Reds puzzle

Date

Phil Lutton

Peter Hynes scores a try for the Wallabies during their 2008 Tri Nations series Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks.

Peter Hynes scores a try for the Wallabies during their 2008 Tri Nations series Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks. Photo: Matt King/Getty Images

Coach Ewen McKenzie is beginning to show his hand as the first 15 jigsaw takes shape for the Queensland Reds, with Wallaby winger Peter Hynes named at fullback for Friday night's trial against the Crusaders at Ballymore.

With last season's custodian Mark McClinden retiring in the off-season, Hynes will be given first crack at the vacant fullback position.

Versatility is a big thing in coaching and playing these days. These days, fullbacks and wingers interchange during the game. 

McKenzie has delivered on his promise to give the blond speedster a chance to nail down the gig before February 13's season-opener against the Waratahs.

Hynes has been training strongly at fullback in the pre-season and McKenzie said the signs were strong that the 27-year-old will undergo as positional renaissance in the 2010 Super 14 season.

"I think it's a strong pointer about the possibilities. Peter and I spoke before the Wallaby tour about that as an option," McKenzie said.

"We're looking at different ways we could manage our talent. He's been training there and is keen to have a go. We'll see what happens.

"Versatility is a big thing in coaching and playing these days. These days, fullbacks and wingers interchange during the game."

Hynes, who will also be vice captain to interim skipper Ben Daley, has played 73 times for his state and has appeared a number of times at fullback.

He played against the Bulls from the back last season, but was thrown into the job at short notice, promising he will deliver more this time around.

"Last year I came in as a winger and there was a last-minute decision to play me as a fullback. I think I had three or four days to prepare. I didn't get a whole lot of time there. This time I want to get as much training and game time there as possible," Hynes said.

"It's a very similar skillset - kicking, catching, running. There's a bit more controlling what's going on in defence and I think it can only help me game as a winger (for the Wallabies)"

Melbourne Storm recruit Will Chambers will be given his first Reds cap at Ballymore after missing the opening trial with a back strain.

Chambers will partner Anthony Faingaa in the centres and will have two trials to press his claims for a starting spot, although he may also spend time on the wing.

All Black flanker Daniel Braid makes his comeback from an Achilles injury while Wallaby halfback Will Genia will provide a cameo off the bench, with talented understudy Richard Kingi starting the match.

Quade Cooper is still unavailable to play after being charged with burglary earlier in the year. It's unlikely he will play a trial game but may be available for the season opener if the QRU and ARU are satisfied he is fulfilling his off-field counselling commitments.

Queensland Reds Peter Hynes (vc), Luke Morahan, Will Chambers, Anthony Faingaa, Blair Connor, Ben Lucas, Richard Kingi; Scott Higginbotham, Daniel Braid, Ezra Taylor, Van Humphries, Robert Simmons, Dayna Edwards, Sean Hardman, Ben Daley (capt). Res: Saia Faingaa, James Slipper, Jack Kennedy, Adam Byrnes, Andrew Shaw, Lei Tomiki, Jake Schatz, Will Genia, Tim Walsh, Ben Tapuai, Morgan Turinui, Rod Davies, Aidan Toua.

Crusaders Jared Payne, Sean Maitland, Robert Fruean, Ryan Crotty, Kade Poki, Colin Slade, Kahn Fotualii; Thomas Waldrom, George Whitelock, Ash Parker, Sam Whitelock, Joe Wheeler, Owen Franks, Ti'i Paulo, Ben Franks. Res: Quentin MacDonald, Wyatt Crockett, Isaac Ross, Jonathan Poff, Willie Heinz, Daniel Bowden, Adam Whitelock, Tim Bateman, Matt Todd, Andrew Olorenshaw.

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
View All Fixtures
Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
View All Fixtures
Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
View all
Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
View all
Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
View all
Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
View all
 

Follow Us on Facebook

HuffPost Australia

Featured advertisers