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Heavyw-eights: Wilson raring to tackle Super Rugby's "best player" in Reds-Blues blockbuster
2024/04/25

Queensland number eight Harry Wilson says he'll relish the opportunity to test himself against Super Rugby's form backrower in Saturday's massive Anzac Weekend clash in Brisbane.

Wilson currently leads the competition in both carries (99) and offloads (12) but will meet his match in Blues anchorman Hoskins Sotutu, who tops this year's try-scorers list (eight) and sits the top 10 for carries (76) and offloads (nine).

"He's probably been the best player in Super Rugby this year after watching him, he's been pretty dominant in every single game he's played," Wilson said of Sotutu following .

"They're the sort of battles you relish and if I can try and do a job on him and everyone else does on their opposite number, it can only be good for us."

Wilson (12 Test caps and Sotutu (14 Test caps) have walked similar paths at international leve, both debuting in 2020 before falling out of favour.

Now, their match-up headlines an exciting Trans-Tasman battle with plenty of Kiwi flavour in Queensland's camp.

Former Blues prop Alex Hodgman has been named to start for Queensland against his old club alongside ex-All Black Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, halfback Kalani Thomas represented Auckland in last year's NPC and Reds duo Hunter Paisami and Suliasi Vunivalu were both schooled in New Zealand's largest city.

Throw in Queensland's 2-0 record against Kiwi sides at home in 2024 and the stage is set for one hell of a Anzac Weekend clash against the second-placed Blues.

"He (Alex Hodgman) is super excited. I spoke to him in pre-season about how excited he is for this week. … He's come in looking good this week, he's a huge member of a team and a real leader for us," Wilson told media.

"We know how big of a test it is (against the Blues).

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