Place of Birth: Wellington, NZ
Senior Club: Norths
Junior Club: Colts RUC, Rockhampton
School: Emmaus College Rockhampton
Queensland Under 16s
Queensland Under 20s (2015)
Australian Under 20s (2015)
Queensland Country NRC (2014-)
Wallabies v Barbarians (2017)
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.
*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.