Backrow door opens for former Bronco

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Tweaks to the Reds playing roster have continued in the background while all the focus has been around Brad Thorn’s elevation to head coach at Ballymore.

The Courier-Mail can reveal the reliable Tui, 29, has not been offered a new deal to extend his 30-game career and will play on with leading Japanese club Suntory.

Queensland Reds forward Caleb Timu.

Queensland Reds forward Caleb Timu.Source:Supplied

The time is right for Timu to grab the opening at blindside flanker with the big ball-running and off-loading style he has injected as a standout in Thorn’s Queensland Country side.

His knack for chest-high off-loads has ignited several tries and the former Brisbane Broncos Under-20s forward can enhance the Reds’ attacking plans next season.

Flanker Michael Gunn is adamant fifth-placed Brisbane City must win their three remaining games to guarantee a semi-final spot in the National Rugby Championship.

The blue football message promoting the NRC’s Cancer Awareness Round holds extra significance for Gunn in Sunday’s clash against Melbourne Rising at Sci-Fleet Stadium at Toowong.

A blue-faced Michael Gunn. Picture: Annette Dew

A blue-faced Michael Gunn. Picture: Annette DewSource:News Corp Australia

Gunn and brother Liam stood beside brother Simon when he fought through his life-threatening leukaemia battle in 2012.

Liam was a perfect match to provide a successful bone marrow transplant and Gunn has kept raising awareness to support sufferers as an ambassador for the Leukaemia Foundation.

“Simon was one of the lucky ones and I like talking to people going through difficult times that his positivity was such a key to winning the fight,” Gunn said.

“I feel a lot of pride that the boys at Brisbane City are gathering around a worthy cause on Sunday to promote cancer awareness.

“My First XV at Churchie in 2012 shaved their heads (for the World’s Greatest Shave fundraiser) to help.”

Last year Australians raised more than $14 million for the Leukaemia Foundation and an auction of autographed blue balls will add to the funds.

“Michael understands first hand that a diagnosis of leukaemia affects family as well as the person and the sense of understanding and security he gives when visiting kids is a wonderful part of him being an ambassador,” Leukaemia Foundation chief executive Bill Petch said.

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