Former Stormers prop JP Smith is one of 10 new signings named in the Reds’ Super Rugby squad for 2018.
Smith, who previously played for Western Province, the Stormers and the Brumbies, will bolster the Reds’ prop stocks for next year.
A number of players have been selected from Queensland following their final win in the National Rugby Championship, while young locks Angus Blyth and Harry Hockings, back-rower Angus Scott-Young, flyhalf Hamish Stewart and scrumhalf Tate McDermott have been promoted from the youth system.
Six players have been re-signed ahead of the 2018 season, including recent Wallabies debutant Karmichael Hunt, as well as Queensland Country standouts Caleb Timu, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Duncan Paia’aua, Izaia Perese and Eto Nabuli.
Meanwhile, 20 players have been retained from the 2017 squad, including Wallabies Lukhan Tui, Izack Rodda, Samu Kerevi, James Slipper, George Smith, Scott Higginbotham and Taniela Tupou.
Former Wallabies winger Paul Carozza will also be joining the coaching staff for the first time.
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