Super Rugby


Height: 180cm
Weight: 91kg
Born: 20/01/1995
Place of Birth: Wellington, NZ
Senior Club: Norths
Junior Club: Colts RUC, Rockhampton
School: Emmaus College Rockhampton

Representative Honours
Queensland Under 16s
Queensland Under 20s (2015)
Australian Under 20s (2015)
Queensland Country NRC (2014-)
Queensland (2015-)
Wallabies v Barbarians (2017)

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Playing History

Representative Caps Points Debut
NRC: Queensland Country 18 101 (16T, 6C)* 2014 v Melbourne Rising, Bond University
Queensland 23 15 (3T) 2015 v Brumbies, Canberra Stadium
Super Rugby 23 15 (3T) 2015 v Brumbies, Canberra Stadium
Test Rugby - - -

Player Bio

Duncan Paia’aua will enter the 2018 season with the confidence and self belief of a young man who has worked hard to establish himself as one of the St.George Queensland Reds’ most promising prospects.

The 22-year-old enjoyed his most successful Rugby season to date in 2017, leading the St.George Queensland Reds for minutes played in Super Rugby as the side’s starting inside centre, before captaining Bond University Queensland Country to its first National Rugby Championship title. Add to that a match as flyhalf for the Wallabies in an uncapped appearance against the historic Barbarians and Paia’aua had plenty of reasons to smile in 2017.

His development has come off the back of significant hard work and persistence, as it wasn’t all smooth sailing after making the transition back to Rugby from league in late 2014.

Paia’aua grew up in Rockhampton, where he played Rugby in high school and twice represented Queensland in Under 16s.

He transitioned to league following high school and spent two seasons with the Brisbane Broncos under-20s side in the National Youth Competition, before signing with the Reds ahead of the 2015 season.

He was born in New Zealand, but his family moved to Melbourne when he was three years old, before settling in Rockhampton in 2002. He is one of 11 kids, with his youngest siblings identical triplets.



2017
Established himself as the Reds’ starting inside centre and was one of the Reds’ most prevalent, having played the most minutes of any Reds player. Captained Queensland Country to its first NRC title, leading from the front with two tries and a man of the match performance in the grand final. Represented the Wallabies in an uncapped appearance against the Barbarians.
2016
Added to his tally of Reds games before hitting superb form for Bond University Queensland Country in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship, leading the way as one of his side’s best backs.
2015
Endured had a frustrating initiation to Super Rugby, making his debut from the bench in a heavy loss to the Brumbies in Round 1 and suffering a concussion in the process. The head knock ruled him out for much of the early stages of the competition. He did not take the field for the Reds again, but was used heavily by the Queensland and Australian Under 20s at outside centre. He also featured for Bond University Queensland Country in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship.
2014
Joined Queensland’s National Rugby Championship squads at the conclusion of the National Youth Competition, where he steered the Broncos Under 20s to a berth in the Grand Final. Began training with Queensland Country and earned his NRC debut in their final match of the season, against Melbourne Rising.


*Please note, the scoring in the National Rugby Championship changed from seasons 1 and 2 to season 3. In 2014 and 2015 tries were worth 5 points, conversions 3 points, penalties/drop goals 2 points. In 2016, tries were worth 6 points, conversions/penalty goals/drop goals 2 points.



Updated 20/11/2017