8 Apr 2009

Ex-Highlander calls Reds to arms

6:49 pm on 8 April 2009

The Queensland Reds' New Zealand recruit Ezra Taylor has warned the Super 14 rugby strugglers they need to rediscover a "bully boy" attitude or face a Highlanders mugging on Saturday.

The motivated former Highlanders forward Taylor will make his first start for his new team against his old side when they meet at Invercargill.

The Reds coach Phil Mooney has named the 111kg No.8 as one of five changes to a starting 15 smashed 50-26 by the Chiefs and 39-7 by the Western Force in the last fortnight.

He's also tapped into Taylor's knowledge of New Zealand's most unfashionable and under-rated team to plot Queensland's first away win in 19 matches.

Taylor played eight games for the Highlanders in 2007 and says the Reds are capable of matching the physicality of the resurgent Otago-based outfit who've moved to seventh after winning three of their last four matches.