10/24/2018

St.George Queensland Reds confirm 2019 playing squad

 

The St.George Queensland Reds are pleased to confirm their squad for the 2019 Vodafone Super Rugby season.

The St.George Queensland Reds are pleased to confirm their squad for the 2019 Vodafone Super Rugby season.

In total, 27 players have been retained from Queensland’s 2018 squad, including Wallabies duo Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Scott Higginbotham, plus Bond University Queensland Country’s Harry Hoopert, Harry Hockings, Liam Wright, Tate McDermott and their captain Duncan Paia’aua.

17 players re-signed ahead of the 2019 season, including Wallabies representatives Taniela Tupou, Izack Rodda, Lukhan Tui, Caleb Timu and Samu Kerevi, in addition to Queensland Country stars Angus Blyth, Angus Scott-Young, James Tuttle, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Filipo Daugunu and Jordan Petaia.

Twins JP and Ruan Smith, plus their McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City team-mates Adam Korczyk and Moses Sorovi also re-signed in 2018, as well as Alex Mafi and Aidan Toua.

There’s also three new signings, all of whom have been selected from Queensland’s National Rugby Championship (NRC) teams, including 2018 Grand Finalist Queensland Country pairing Efi Ma’afu and Harry Wilson.

St.George Queensland Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “We’ve managed to keep a fairly consistent squad for 2019. We’ve retained roughly 90 percent of the players we had last year, who have continually played with each other in both Super Rugby and in the NRC.

“A handful have been rewarded for their hunger and hard work during 2018. After coming through our Queensland Pathway we are pleased to see them get their opportunity and be a part of our Reds squad.

“The squad will be supported by an excellent coaching staff here at Ballymore and we’re excited for the challenge ahead in 2019,” said Thorn.

As announced earlier this month, Thorn will work alongside two new Assistant Coaches in 2019 following the return of Jim McKay as the Reds Attack Coach, plus the appointment of Peter Ryan as Defence Coach. While Tony McGahan will lead the Reds Academy as Head Coach, along with Paul Carozza in a newly created role as the Head of Talent Management to ensure the continued development of elite Rugby talent in Queensland.

Reds fans should also keep an eye out for further player announcements prior to the 2019 season, including a handful of Queensland Pathway products who will be handed Developing Squad contracts.

Reds 2019 memberships are now available and on sale at www.redsmembership.com.au

Name Age Club School Queensland Caps SR Caps Test Caps
Props
Harry Hoopert
Queensland Rep #1330
20 Brothers Toowoomba Grammar School 5 5 -
JP Smith
Queensland Rep #1322
28 GPS Toowoomba Grammar School 15 42 -
Ruan Smith
Queensland Rep #1328
28 GPS Toowoomba Grammar School 11 64 -
Taniela Tupou
Queensland Rep #1305
22 Brothers Sacred Heart College, NZ 31 31 7
TBA - - - - - -
Hookers
Efi Ma'afu
(new signing)
20 Wests Ipswich Grammar School - - -
Alex Mafi
Queensland Rep #1314
21 Bond University St. Joseph’s Nudgee College 19 19 -
Brandon Paenga-Amosa
Queensland Rep #1321
22 Sunnybank Endeavour Sports High School, NSW 16 16 4
Locks
Angus Blyth
Queensland Rep #1331
20 Bond University The Southport School 1 1 -
Harry Hockings
Queensland Rep #1327
20 University of Queensland Anglican Church Grammar School 11 11 -
Izack Rodda
Queensland Rep #1308
22 Easts Ipswich Grammar School 27 27 12
Lukhan Tui
Queensland Rep #1301
22 Souths John Edmonson High School, NSW 19 19 11
Loose Forwards
Scott Higginbotham
Queensland Rep #1220
32 Wests The Southport School 86 131 34
Adam Korczyk
Queensland Rep #1287
23 University of Queensland Brisbane State High School 26 26 -
Angus Scott-Young
Queensland Rep #1326
21 University of Queensland Anglican Church Grammar School 14 14 -
Caleb Timu
Queensland Rep #1317
24 Souths St. Joseph’s Nudgee College 17 17 2
Harry Wilson
(new signing)
18 Brothers St. Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace - - -
Liam Wright
Queensland Rep #1323
20 Easts Anglican Church Grammar School 12 12 -
TBA - - - - - -
Name Age Club School Queensland Caps SR Caps Test Caps
Scrumhalves
Tate McDermott
Queensland Rep #1325
20 University of Queensland Sunshine Coast Grammar School 8 8 -
Moses Sorovi
Queensland Rep #1316
22 Wests St Peters Lutheran College 10 10 -
James Tuttle
Queensland Rep #1302
22 GPS St Joseph's Nudgee College 24 24 -
Flyhalves
Hamish Stewart
Queensland Rep #1315
20 Bond University Toowoomba Grammar School 18 18 -
TBA - - - - - -
Centres & Back Three
Chris Feauai-Sautia
Queensland Rep #1260
24 Souths Brisbane State High School 57 57 2
Samu Kerevi
Queensland Rep #1270
25 Souths Brisbane State High School 58 58 21
Duncan Paia'aua
Queensland Rep #1280
23 Norths Emmaus College, Rockhampton 35 35 -
TBA - - - - - -
Filipo Daugunu
Queensland Rep #1324
23 Wests Labasa Sangam College, Fiji 14 14 -
Will Eadie
(new signing)
20 University of Queensland St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace - - -
Karmichael Hunt
Queensland Rep #1275
31 Souths Anglican Church Grammar School 32 32 6
Izaia Perese
Queensland Rep #1309
21 Easts Anglican Church Grammar School 17 17 -
Jordan Petaia
Queensland Rep #1329
18 Wests Brisbane State High School 11 11 -
Aidan Toua
Queensland Rep #1245
28 Easts Anglican Church Grammar School 23 53 -