Radike Samo (centre) in action for the Reds in 2012.
Radike Samo (centre) in action for the Reds in 2012. DAVID CROSLING

Samo turning back the clock at Tens tournament

RUGBY UNION: Cult hero Radike Samo is the latest Wallaby to come out of retirement for the inaugural Brisbane Tens Tournament, which gets underway today at Suncorp Stadium.

The former Reds and Wallabies back-rower will run out for Queensland Reds, almost four years after last pulling on the jersey.

Samo, 40, played a key role in the Reds' maiden Super Rugby title in 2011, where he started at No 8.

His fantastic form saw him earn selection for the Wallabies and his runaway try in front of his home fans saw Australia beat the All Blacks to seal the Tri Nations.

"It's been a while since I pulled on the Reds jersey, it's going to be awesome to get back in front of the home crowd," Samo said.

"Just to be part of the squad one more time will be special. It feels like I'm home."

Samo last featured in Super Rugby in 2015 when he ran out once for the Melbourne Rebels.

Since then the Fijian-born back-rower has continued to play local rugby and played a season for Queensland Country in the National Rugby Championship.

Samo is the second former Wallaby to come out of retirement to play for the Reds, with fullback Chris Latham signing on to play.

"There's a huge benefit to us in having these guys involved, not only in the tournament, but at training throughout the week as well," Reds coach Nick Stiles said.

"It's great to be able to bring back a couple of experienced, older heads who have plenty of knowledge and passion they can pass on to the players."

The Reds are grouped alongside the Auckland Blues, Canterbury Crusaders and Samoa in Pool B.

Meanwhile, the Melbourne Rebels say Marika Koroibete, who made the switch from the Melbourne Storm at the end of last season, could still make the first round of Super Rugby after being ruled out of the Global Tens.

Koroibete is on the comeback trail following a knee injury but the Rebels did not want to risk him playing and re-injuring his knee ahead of their round one clash with the Blues in two weeks.

"Marika has shown great progress in his recovery," Rebels coach Tony McGahan said.

"He will continue to work closely with the club's medical department to give him the best chance of returning for the opening round against the Blues."

Former Reds back-rower Jake Schatz will make debut for the Rebels, with the forward included alongside Jonah Placid and Dennis Pili-Gaitau.


Pool A: Rebels, Chiefs, Panasonic Wild Knights, Waratahs

Pool B: Reds, Blues, Manu Samoa, Crusaders

Pool C: Brumbies, Highlanders, Blue Bulls

Pool D: Force, Hurricanes, Toulon



12pm: Rebels v Chiefs

12.28pm: Wild Knights v Waratahs

12.56pm: Reds v Blues

1.29pm: Bulls v Force

1.57pm: Brumbies v Highlanders

2.30pm: Samoa v Crusaders

3.33pm: Rebels v Wild Knights

4.01pm: Force v Hurricanes

4.33pm: Chiefs v Waratahs

5.01pm: Brumbies v Toulon

6pm: Reds v Crusaders

6.28pm: Blues v Samoa

7pm: Highlanders v Hurricanes

7.28pm: Brumbies v Bulls

7.56pm: Force v Toulon

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