Reds name 2019 Super Rugby squad
Cape Town - Reds head coach Brad Thorn has announced his squad for the
2019 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
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 Super Rugby squad:
Forwards: Harry Hoopert, JP Smith, Ruan Smith, Taniela
Tupou, Efi Ma’afu, Alex Mafi, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Angus Blyth, Harry
Hockings, Izack Rodda, Lukhan Tui, Scott Higginbotham, Adam Korczyk, Angus
Scott-Young, Caleb Timu, Harry Wilson, Liam Wright
Backs: Tate McDermott, Moses Sorovi, James Tuttle, Hamish
Stewart, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Samu Kerevi, Duncan Paia’aua, Filipo Daugunu,
Will Eadie, Karmichael Hunt, Izaia Perese, Jordan Petaia, Aidan Toua