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Queensland Reds announce 2023 Super Rugby Pacific Squad

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The Queensland Reds have confirmed their playing squad for the 2023 Harvey Norman Super Rugby Pacific competition.
  

Queensland’s roster remains largely unchanged from last year’s campaign, with just three players from outside the 2022 program – Luke Jones, Connor Anderson and Phransis Sula-Siaosi – added to the 37-man squad.
 


More than 90% of the squad (34 players) have made their way to Super Rugby through the Queensland Rugby pathway, having represented Queensland at U18s or U20s level, or played in the StoreLocal Hospital Challenge Cup, National Rugby Championship or Queensland Rugby Challenger Series.
 


The squad is Queensland’s most experienced in five-years with the roster boasting 1067 Super Rugby caps.
 


Up to 13 players will potentially have played 50 games for Queensland by the end of 2023 – the most since 2015.
  

Five players in the squad have already reached their Queensland half-century, with Filipo Daugunu, Tate McDermott, James O’Connor, Taniela Tupou and Liam Wright having achieved the 50-cap milestone.
 


A further eight – Angus Blyth, Jock Campbell, Sef Fa’agase, Harry Hoopert, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Jordan Petaia and Hunter Paisami – will also have the chance to reach the mark this season.
  

The squad features 12 capped Wallabies, as well as 10 players who represented Australia A this year.
 


Queensland will also welcome former All Black Kane Hames to the coaching staff, completing the coaching group alongside Head Coach Brad Thorn and Assistant Coaches Jim McKay, Phil Blake and Mick Heenan. 
 


Hames brings over a decade of coaching and playing experience at both International and Super Rugby level to Ballymore.
 


Reds General Manager – Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “We are proud of the Queensland pathway connection within the 2023 Reds Squad. 
 


“We have been building on our collective experience for a number of years, which has heightened expectation.
 


“We welcome this ahead of a significant year for the club as we celebrate 140-years of Queensland Rugby.
 


“We’re pleased to welcome Kane to Ballymore. He is another great asset within our experienced coaching team.”
 


The Reds commenced their first block of pre-season training at Ballymore this week ahead of the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season.
 


Queensland will play five home games at Suncorp Stadium next year, with two at Townsville’s Queensland Country Bank Stadium, including a Round 1 blockbuster against the Hurricanes.
 


Secure your 2023 Reds membership via https://bit.ly/3UP1YDJ.
  

Queensland Reds 2023 Squad (in alphabetical order)
 


  • Connor Anderson – Wests – Brisbane State High School – Everton Park Roosters

  • Richie Asiata – Easts – Anglican Church Grammar School

  • Floyd Aubrey – GPS – Marist College Ashgrove

  • George Blake – Bond University – The Southport School – Fasi Maufanga Eels, Tonga

  • Angus Blyth – Bond University – The Southport School – Casuarina Beach Rugby Club
  • Wilson Blyth – Bond University – The Southport School – Casuarina Beach Rugby Club
  • Jock Campbell – University of Queensland – The Southport School – Inverell Highlanders

  • Lawson Creighton – Brothers – Padua College

  • Filipo Daugunu – Wests – Dogotuki District School, Fjii

  • Sef Fa’agase – Sunnybank – Shailer Park State High School – Beaudesert Warriors
  • Matt Faessler – Brothers – Toowoomba Grammar School – USQ Saints

  • Lopeti Faifua – Wests – Saint Kentigern College, Auckland

  • Josh Flook – Brothers – St Joseph’s Nudgee College – Brothers

  • Mac Grealy – University of Queensland – Downlands College – Souths Toowoomba
  • Isaac Henry – Wests – Brisbane Boys College – Kenmore Bears
  • Harry Hoopert – Brothers – Toowoomba Grammar School – Dalby Wheatmen

  • Spencer Jeans – Bond University – The Southport School – Gold Coast Eagles

  • Luke Jones – Wests – St Pius X College – St Ives Rugby Club

  • Tom Lynagh – University of Queensland – Epsom College – Richmond Rugby Club
  • Tate McDermott – University of Queensland – Sunshine Coast Grammar School – Flinders Rugby Club
  • Fraser McReight – Brothers – Brisbane Grammar School – Albany Creek Brumbies

  • Josh Nasser – University of Queensland – St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace – Easts
  • Zane Nonggorr – Bond University – The Southport School – Gold Coast Eagles

  • James O’Connor – Brothers – St Joseph’s Nudgee College – Brothers

  • Hunter Paisami – Wests – Mangere College, Auckland
  • Jordan Petaia – Wests – Brisbane State High School

  • Ryan Smith – Brothers – St Patrick’s College Shorncliffe – Caboolture Snakes
  • Phransis Sula-Siaosi – Souths – St Joseph’s Nudgee College

  • Keynan Tauakipulu – Wests – Saint Kentigern College, Auckland – Kenmore Bears
  • Kalani Thomas – University of Queensland – Ipswich Grammar School – Souths
  • Taniela Tupou – Brothers – Tonga College Atele – Kalapu Hufangalupe, Tonga

  • Seru Uru – Wests – Ratu Kadavulevu School, Fiji – Namoli Rugby Club, Fiji

  • Connor Vest – University of Queensland – Grafton High School – Grafton Junior Rugby Club

  • Suliasi Vunivalu – Wests – Saint Kentigern College, Auckland

  • Harry Wilson – Brothers – St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace – Gunnedah Red Devils

  • Liam Wright – Easts – Anglican Church Grammar School – Easts

  • Dane Zander – University of Queensland – St Joseph’s Nudgee College – Albany Creek Brumbies
 


*Players’ senior club, high school and junior club are listed.
 


Queensland Reds 2023 Coaching Staff 
  

  • Brad Thorn – Head Coach

  • Jim McKay – Assistant Coach

  • Phil Blake – Assistant Coach

  • Mick Heenan – Assistant Coach

  • Kane Hames – Assistant Coach


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Former English International to join the Highlanders

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English first-five Freddie Burns will join the Highlanders for the 2023 edition of DHL Super Rugby Pacific. Burns, currently playing for Leicester Tigers in the English Premiership has agreed terms with the Highlanders, and with the support of Leicester, will land in New Zealand prior to the first round.

The 32-year-old Burns will bring with him a wealth of experience having started his first-class career with Gloucester back in 2010. His first turn at Leicester was between 2014-2017 before three seasons with Bath and Burns has over 200 appearances in the Premiership to his name. In 2021 he had a short sojourn in Japan before returning to Leicester for the 2022 season.

A former England U20 representative he represented the senior side five times most notably debuting against the All Blacks in 2012, replacing Owen Farrell, in their 38-21 victory.

A prolific goal kicker and tactically sound first-five, who can also play fullback, he was the toast of Leicester when he dropkicked the winning goal for the Tigers against Saracens in the 2022 Gallagher Premiership final.

Burns is looking forward to the experience.

“As a young lad I grew up watching Super rugby in the early hours of morning. To have the opportunity to represent such a prestigious club as the Highlanders in the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season is a huge honour. I look forward to getting started and adding to the group both on and off the field”

Highlanders Head Coach Clarke Dermody has welcomed the arrival of the experienced playmaker.

“Having a player of Freddie’s calibre available to us in such a crucial position is a real boost for the squad. Last year we were exposed at 10 due to a run of injuries and while we covered the situation, we were asking a lot of Sam Gilbert and Vili Koroi who are not regular starting first-fives. Freddie’s arrival will provide us with that extra insurance against that scenario playing out again in 2023”.

Burns will be the second international back to be added to Dermody’s 2023 squad with Argentinian outside back Martin Bogado also set to play in Highlanders colours.

 

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BLUES PRE-SEASON FIXTURES TO BE MOVED

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The Blues, alongside Mahurangi Rugby Club have made the decision to move their pre-season event – Blues Fest ’23 – away from Mahurangi Rugby Club due to the condition of the field.

The recent bad weather around the Blues region has meant ground staff haven’t been able to work on the field and after a check last week the tough decision was made to move the two games and nib Blues open training session to a new venue.

A final decision on a new location for Blues Fest ’23 is yet to be made.

Blues CEO, Andrew Hore, said the club were gutted to make the tough call.

“As a club we were getting excited to head north for the pre-season,” said Hore.

“Unfortunately, the weather has conspired against us in recent weeks and when we met with Mahurangi Rugby Club on Friday, both parties agreed the field hadn’t responded how we would’ve hoped, and the call was made to move the event.”

Mahurangi Council of Clubs Delegate, Sam Ryburn, said the club were taking a philosophical view over the change.

“We were very much looking forward to hosting the Blues at Mahurangi for Blues Fest ’23,” said Ryburn.

“There’s not a lot we can do, both The Blues and our club explored all the options before coming to this decision, but we’re hoping to continue our relationship with the Blues and look at future options for hosting pre-season matches.”

The Blues still intend to host the entire Blues Fest ’23 programme including a ‘Game of Three Halves’ between North Harbour, Northland and Auckland development players, a nib Blues women open training session and the Blues men vs Hurricanes pre-season match.

A decision on where this will be held will be communicated in the coming days.

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Richie Mo’unga to depart Crusaders after 2023

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Mo’unga debuted for the Crusaders on 27 February 2016, facing the Chiefs at home and scoring 13 points. He made the starting line-up for the rest of the season.

 

“This team has given so much to me as a rugby player and as a person, and in return I’ve always wanted to give my everything to the team both on and off the field, to help us succeed, and to be the best environment for players,” Mo’unga said.

 

Asked about his star first-five’s departure after the 2023 season, Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson said Mo’unga was “a special man”.

 

“If there’s one player that continues to leave their mark on this team, that’d be Richie Mo’unga,” Robertson said.

 

“Through his performances in the biggest games, the biggest moments – he stood up, which Crusaders do. He’s a special man, a local boy, pride of the community, and there’s no doubt about it – Richie can play.

 

“When Richie is on, the team is on. He brings out the best from all the players. For me, he is one of the most influential Super Rugby players ever – how he plays the game, his ability to score points consistently year after year in those crucial moments.

 

“The biggest thing for me with Richie is how much he cares about the team and the club, about the players he plays with and the people he plays for. He means a lot to the Crusaders and we wish him all the best. There’ll be a time to properly say goodbye to him at the end of the season, but for now we’re all focused on the job in front of us.”

 

Richie Mo’unga and the Crusaders kick off their 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season against the Chiefs on 24 February at Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch. Memberships are available now.

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