Scott Higginbotham named as Queensland Reds captain

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Scott Higginbotham has been named as the Queensland Reds captain to lead new Head Coach Brad Thorn’s 2018 Super Rugby campaign.

Higginbotham, 31, will be the 117th Queenland captain to lead the Reds out of its team’s 136 year history in representative rugby.

He has played for the Reds before back in 2008-2012 before joining the Melbourne Rebels in 2013-2015.

After his time with the Rebels, Higginbotham returned to Queensland where he played for the Brisbane City side on a brief stint during their triumph year in the National Rugby Championship later in the same year.

He took a sabbatical of rugby over in Australia in 2016 where he played 18 matches for the NEC Green Rockets side in Abiko, Chiba, Japan that competes in the country’s domestic Top League competition.

After a full year overseas, he returned to Queensland Reds last year on his second spell.

Although, Higginbotham still plays for the Rockets side in Japan alongside his Reds commitments during the Super Rugby off-season as a way to gain more valuable playing experience.

An overview about Scott Higginbotham

Position: Back Row

Height: 195 cm

Weight: 113 KG

D/O/B & Hometown: 5th September 1986 in Perth, Western Australia (Age 31)

Education: The Southport School

Club Rugby: Wests

Representative Honours: Australian 7s (2007-2008), Ballymore Tornadoes (2007), Queensland Reds (2008-2012, 2017-present), Qantas Wallabies (2010-present), Brisbane City (2015), Melbourne Rebels (2013-2015) and NEC Green Rockets (2015-present).

QLD Representative Number: 1220

Super Rugby debut: 2008 when he played for the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium against the Pretoria Bulls side.

Queensland Caps: 78

Queensland points: 105 (21T)

Super Rugby caps: 123 (78 Reds, 23 Rebels)

Super Rugby points: 180 (36T)

Test Debut: 2010 v France at Stade De France in Paris

Test Caps: 34

Test Points: 15 (3T)

Looking at Scott Higginbotham’s summaried performance in the 2017 Super Rugby Season

General

  • Higginbotham made 13 appearances throughout the 2017 Vodafone Super Rugby season where he clocked 1,018 minutes  with the Queensland Reds.
  • He scored four tries where he made one against the Durban Sharks and the Wellington Hurricane. He also scored two tries against the Melbourne Rebels.
  • He scored 20 points.
  • He made 102 carries and 393 metres.

Kicking

  • He made 4 kicks.

Defence

  • He made 77 successful and 14 missed tackles.

References: both his statistics and his picture is sourced from the official ARU website via Rugby.com.au.

2018 will Scott Higginbotham’s first year as Reds skipper, his second year since his return to Queenland and seventh season overall by donning the maroon jersey.

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