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The St.George Reds have locked away two important pieces of their backrow for the future with champion Super Rugby duo Beau Robinson and Radike Samo re-signing with Queensland Rugby for a further two years.
The deal will see the pair remain in Queensland until the end of 2013 where the Reds will strive to repeat as Super Rugby champions following their 18-13 victory against the Crusaders in the Final at the weekend.
“We came to an agreement with both players midway through the regular season but chose to hold off on officially announcing it to avoid the distraction and to ensure we remained focused solely on winning the Super Rugby competition,” Head Coach Ewen McKenzie said.
“That has now been accomplished and with their selection for the Wallabies, it’s an opportune moment to publicise the good news.
“Retaining our talent is a major priority that we invest a lot of time in so it’s pleasing to see both Beau and Radike recognise the systems we have in place and choose to remain with us in the coming years.”
Robinson and Samo were instrumental figures in the Reds record-breaking 2011 season and were duly rewarded with Wallabies selection in the 40-man squad announced for their upcoming Test against Samoa and the Tri Nations series.
Robinson initially joined the Reds during the offseason without a fulltime contract although his work ethic at training and standout play on the field resulted in the 24-year old earning a place in the contracted squad.
“It’s a fairytale story and it means a lot to be part of what we’ve achieved – it’s pretty special,” Robinson said.
“We’ve got a useful squad and have been able to retain a lot of the boys again, so we have some interesting times ahead.”
Samo first played for the Reds in late 2010 to cover their mounting injury toll late in the season, where his performances in the final two matches were noticed and rewarded by McKenzie with a contract for 2011.
Fijian-born Samo continued his stellar play throughout the course of this season and has been re-called into the Wallabies squad seven years after making his Test debut for Australia in 2004 against Scotland.
“Winning a Super Rugby Final is something you never forget and there are some exciting times ahead for the Reds,” Samo said.
“It was good to be part of this season and the boys are looking forward to playing together again next year.”
14 DECEMBER 2018