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Liam Wright re-signs with Queensland Rugby



Queensland Reds co-captain Liam Wright has re-signed with Queensland Rugby through 2024.

After debuting in 2018, Wright has earnt 58 caps for his state including 27 as captain.

In an innovative two-year deal, the contract will see the backrower available to play overseas during the Super Rugby Pacific off-season should he not be selected for the Wallabies.

Wright said: “I am very proud to be re-signing with the Reds for the next two seasons.

“The thrill and honour of wearing the Queensland jersey drives me immensely, and injuries over the past two seasons have only made that desire grow.

“I am looking forward to continuing the journey we as players, staff and Queenslanders have undertaken to improve this great club.

“I would like to thank our supporters, Brad, Sam and all the Reds for their support. I’m excited for what’s ahead.”

Red General Manager of Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “Liam’s an important part of the Queensland Reds, his instinct has always been to put the club first.

“Whilst his focus is very much on Queensland and national selection, Liam has earned the flexibility to explore playing opportunities abroad within this contract term.

“It’s great news for the Reds to have Liam committed to our 2023 and 2024 seasons.”

Born in South Africa, Wright attended Brisbane’s Anglican Church Grammar School and was a key part of Brad Thorn’s title-winning Queensland U20s sides in 2016 and 2017.

The backrower made his Super Rugby debut in the opening round of the 2018 season alongside now fellow co-captain Tate McDermott, and went on to finish runner-up in the Pilecki Medal count in just his second season for the Reds in 2019.

Wright was handed the captaincy in 2020 and led Queensland to the Super Rugby AU final the same year.

A torrid injury run over the last two seasons has reduced Wright’s time on-field, however the Easts product notched his 50th cap in 2021 after leading the Reds to the Super Rugby AU title alongside James O’Connor.

The 24-year-old debuted for the Wallabies in 2019 and has earnt five caps for Australia.

He joins the likes of Jordan Petaia, Jock Campbell, Josh Flook, Luke Jones and Ryan Smith in committing to Queensland Rugby through 2024.

Liam Wright

Position: Backrow

Height: 193cm

Weight: 105kg

Born: 06/11/1997

Place of birth: Durban, South Africa

Senior Club: Easts

School: Anglican Church Grammar School

Queensland debut: 23/02/2018 v Melbourne Rebels, AAMI Park, Melbourne

Queensland caps: 58

Wallabies debut: 17/08/2019 v New Zealand, Eden Park, Auckland

Wallabies caps: 5

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Oli Jager: Injury Update



Following an injury sustained towards the end of NPC 2022, Oli Jager has undergone surgery on his neck. 


The surgery was a success and he’s progressing well with rehab, having recently returned to some gym-based training and conditioning. He will progress to contact and scrummaging once cleared by the specialist.


His return to play date is uncertain at this stage and will depend on his progress over the next weeks and months. Oli and the wider team are committed to him playing an active role in the team environment throughout the 2023 season

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All Blacks halfback Folau Fakatava taking no chances in race to be fit for 2023 World Cup



“In rugby you can’t control when you get injured,” Fakatava told Newshub. “All you can do is come back stronger.”

And with the World Cup kicking off in September, that’s exactly what the two test All Black plans to do.

Fakatava got a taste of international rugby in 2022 – he was part of the All Blacks squad all year but was limited to just two appearances off the bench before his season ended.

“I was really hurt when I heard I’d torn my ACL,” he continued. “But at the same time, you really can’t do anything about it.”

But as Fakatava chases one of three halfback spots in Ian Foster’s World Cup squad, he’s taken matters into his own hands.

“I’ve decided not to do the surgery,” he revealed. “My goal this year is to be back out there for the World Cup.”

A third ACL surgery would’ve ruled him out of contention for France, as a conversation with the All Blacks doctor James McGarvey reassured Fakatava avoiding surgery could work.

“He had a look at my other knee, and found out there’s no ACL in that. 

“That gave me confidence to hopefully do that with my other one.”

There are protections in place to ensure Fakatava is back on the field as close to the start of Super Rugby as possible.

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Reds, Wild Knights partnership continues to provide opportunities for Queensland Rugby



The Queensland’s Reds’ partnership with the Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights continues to reap benefits, with Buildcorp Reds Academy Ryan Schultz travelling to Japan to undertake professional development under Wild Knights coach Robbie Deans.

Schultz, who coaches Queensland’s U18 side and the Anglican Church Grammar School First XV outfit, spent 11-days immersed in the League One program, learning directly from Deans and his coaching group in Saitama.

Schultz was a part of two game days and a full training week, a unique and exclusive opportunity made possible by Queensland’s relationship with their sister-state club.

“I was fully immersed in their training week,” Schultz said. 

“I was involved in coaching meetings, player meetings, leadership meetings and their training sessions.

“Luckily enough they had a B’s game on the Saturday, followed by Sunday where they played Toyota Verblitz so I got that full week experience of game to game.”

Schultz relished the opportunity to learn from Deans, who has delivered the Wild Knights five premierships in his eight-year tenure.

“It was awesome to be able to see Robbie Deans as a head coach and leader,” Schultz said.

“Seeing him operate behind the scenes, in the meeting rooms with coaches and players, and then on the training paddock was awesome.

“He’s been there for eight seasons so it’s a really well-established program and a real player-led environment.

“The field belongs to the players, so it was really good to see that in real-time and then how that’s developed away from the training paddock.”

Now back in Australia, Schultz will bring his learnings to Queensland’s next generation of Reds with his role as head coach of the Reds U18s and Tier 2 Academy squad.

From the attacking focus of the Japanese game, to Deans’ emphasis on core skills, Schultz has returned from his trip as a better coach.

“Robbie has a big philosophy around accuracy coming first – that technical skill development,” Schultz said.

“Being able to execute skills under pressure is a big thing, so I think how we develop that in our training programs at the Reds will be really important.

“At the moment we’re focusing a lot on technical skill development, so it really reinforced what we’ve been planning and implementing here.

“Japan play exciting, attacking footy over there, there’s a lot less focus on kicking and more around attack.

“I was able to pick up a lot of detail around the attacking part of the game and the skillset.

Following Queensland’s inaugural tour to Japan last October, Schultz’s visit is another example of the partnership paying dividends for Queensland Rugby.

“It’s an awesome partnership,” Schultz said.

“I know the Reds squad really enjoyed their tour on November and being there and talking to the Panasonic staff about it, it was really beneficial to them.

“To be able to over and learn and grow, and then bring that back to our Academy is really exciting.”

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