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Braid sticks with Reds

By Jim Morton 16/06/2009 09:29:01 PM Comments (0)

Former All Blacks flanker Daniel Braid will play a second Super 14 season with Queensland in a major boost for the battling Reds.

Braid, on Tuesday night, confirmed he would take up the option of another year at Ballymore after originally exercising a get out clause to sign with Welsh club Llanelli Scarlets.

Braid's lucrative deal with the Scarlets fell through due to injury dramas after he ruptured his achilles playing for the Reds against the Brumbies in April.

The former Auckland Blues backrower has mulled over his decision for the last three weeks and finally decided after a trip back to New Zealand.

It's a crucial retention for Queensland, who finished second last in the Super 14, after they failed in their bid to poach Wallabies backrower Richard Brown from the Western Force.

Braid gives the Reds a specialist openside flanker in a squad which has plenty of powerful backrowers but few other ball pilferers.

Queensland's high performance manager Ben Whitaker was delighted with Braid's decision as the five-Test forward also played an important role in tutoring the young Reds pack.

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