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McKenzie adds three props to Reds squad

26/05/2010 04:04:46 PM Comments (0)

Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie will keep a few spots vacant for his 2011 Super 15 squad after re-signing three front-rowers on Wednesday.

The Reds have given new contracts to prop James Slipper, hooker James Hanson and rookie front-rower Albert Anae, whittling down the number of places left to a handful.

Two spots have been left for star five-eighth Quade Cooper and fellow Wallabies back Peter Hynes, who are yet to finalise negotiations with the Australian Rugby Union.

McKenzie on Wednesday said he was prepared to wait until later in the year to seal his 30-man squad after assessing all the available talent.

While Slipper gained just one start at loose-head and Hanson had limited opportunities off the bench in the Super 14, McKenzie was impressed by their development.

"These guys are emerging players in their positions and two of them have already played their first games for the Reds this year," he said.

Slipper, the Australian Under 20 player of 2009, finished the 2010 Super 14 on a high by playing the full 80 minutes at loose-head in the Reds' final-round 38-36 win over the Highlanders.

"My goal now is to get as many games as I can in 2011, whether in the starting side or off the bench. I just want to be in the team," Slipper said.

Anae can play prop and hooker, allowing him to cover as the third rake in the squad behind Hanson and Wallabies hopeful Saia Faingaa.

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