Queensland Reds head coach Les Kiss has lined up 11 debutants to take on Japanese side Saitama Wild Knights.

Queensland Reds head coach Les Kiss has named an 11-man first-team squad for Saturday’s clash against the Saitama Wild Knights at Ballymore.

Jock Campbell, 28, will wear the Redmen’s No. 15 jersey and has been reinstated to the national team selection list after four Test matches under former coach Dave Rennie, who was backed by Keith.

Campbell, who came on for Tom Banks in the 16-15 win over Scotland, made his first start against France and then went on to start against Italy and Wales.

He joined Rennie’s Wallabies in January but Campbell was overlooked for Tests and the World Cup after Jones took over and he started for Australia A against Tonga in July.

Keith said Campbell was “not kicking rocks” and had the heart and talent to return to play for Australia.

“Jock is an enterprising young man. I don’t think he has an ‘me versus them’ mentality,” the coach said.

“He wants to get better every day and he’s really welcomed (assistant coach) Brad Davis on board as we add more detail to the backs game.

“He’s hungry, as they come, but he’s very determined to do the best he can and he’ll definitely be back for those (Wallabies) scavenger hunts.

Queensland Reds head coach Les Kiss has lined up 11 debutants to take on Japanese side Saitama Wild Knights.

Center Lawson Creighton, who will captain Queensland for the first time, will lead a squad of 10 players with Super Rugby experience.

Keith said he had inherited an in-form team from former coach Brad Thorn and the match against Japan would give a glimpse of the style of rugby he wanted the Reds to play under his leadership.

“I want to be a team that is hard to beat, hard to solve ……,” he said team, so we’ve been creating options and I want the team to be bold enough to pull the trigger.

“I want my boys to play a progressive, aggressive style of rugby while understanding the principles of the game – set-pieces and defense and things that get you ready – but I want us to get more chances, find opportunities and see how good we can be,” he said.

The Wild Knights are coached by former Kangaroos mentor Robbie Deans.

Wild Knights head coach Robbie Deans is confident his side will perform well against the Queensland Reds.

“It’s a game we’ve rekindled,” Deans said.

“The first time was in 1994. Last year the Reds jumped into first place and we …… , came in second by a margin.

“It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to play in this tournament, especially for this group of players.

“We use this time of year to showcase and develop the next generation.

“We will do better and we want to perform better than last year.

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