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Cooper named in strong Reds side

Quade Cooper has been named in the Reds team for Saturday's clash against the British and Irish Lions in Brisbane.

The fly-half was a surprise omission from Australia coach Robbie Deans' preliminary squad currently preparing to tackle the Lions in three Tests.

Despite being without seven players on Wallabies duty, Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has still announced a starting line-up featuring nine full internationals.

"Playing against the British and Irish Lions is a once in a career-type opportunity, so to be running out in front of a sold-out Suncorp Stadium crowd on Saturday night will be an experience these 23 players will never forget," McKenzie said.

"Our approach was always going to be to field as strong a line-up as possible, and I've got every confidence in the group we've chosen to go out and compete against a very talented Lions squad.

"We will go out there on Saturday with plenty of good intentions and with a commitment to giving a strong account of ourselves across the entire 80 minutes."

Team: B Lucas; R Davies, B Tapuai, A Faingaa, L Morahan; Q Cooper, N Frisby; B Daley, J Hanson, G Holmes, A Wallace, E O'Donoghue, E Quirk, B Robinson, J Schatz.

Replacements: A Anae, S Denny, J Owen, R Samo, J Butler, J Lance, M Harris, D Shipperley.

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