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Queensland Reds announce raft of contract news



Flyhalf Lawson Creighton has re-signed with Queensland Rugby through 2024 after an impressive debut Super Rugby season.

The Brothers product won the 2022 Rookie of the Year award and collected 14 caps for his state, including five starts against Kiwi opposition in the number-10 jersey.

Creighton will feature for Brothers against the University of Queensland in this Sunday’s StoreLocal Hospital Cup preliminary final at Bond University.

Reds General Manager – Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “Lawson did a terrific job directing the team on the field under difficult circumstances during the latter part of our Super Rugby Pacific season.

“Whilst he is a very versatile player, his focus will be on continuing to develop as a flyhalf at the Reds over the next two years.

“We are pleased that Lawson has chosen to remain in Queensland.”

Creighton said: “I’m really excited to be staying at Ballymore for the next two years.

“I learnt a lot in my first season of Super Rugby and I’m looking forward to developing my game at flyhalf the next two seasons.

“We’ve built a great culture and team at the Reds and we’re all committed to growing stronger and improving on and off the field in 2023.”

With the ability to play multiple positions across the backline, Creighton debuted in Round 1 against the Melbourne Rebels and would go on to miss just one game in Queensland’s Super Rugby Pacific campaign.

The 23-year-old Brothers product featured in the National Rugby Championship for Brisbane City and spent a season in Japan with the Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights before his elevation to the Queensland squad in 2021.

The qualified electrician’s promising start to his career was rewarded with a call-up to the Australia A squad for the Pacific Nations Cup in Fiji earlier this year.

Joining Creighton in the squad for 2023 will be Bond University trio Spencer Jeans, George Blake and Wilson Blyth, with Blake and Blyth elevated to the full-time squad after spending this season in the Developing Squad.

Born and bred on the Gold Coast, Jeans was both a Queensland and Australian Schoolboy representative during his time at The Southport School (TSS) and received Bond University’s prestigious John Eales scholarship in 2019.

After graduating from the Reds Academy to the top squad last pre-season, the 21-year-old debuted against the New South Wales Waratahs in Round 2 of Super Rugby Pacific and played five games in his maiden campaign.

Blake, 21, was part of TSS’ First XV premiership winning side alongside current Reds teammates Zane Nonggorr and Wilson Blyth.

Born in Raratonga in the Cook Islands, the 21-year-old joins fellow hookers Richie Asiata, Matt Faessler and Josh Nasser in the Reds squad and will stake his claim for a Super Rugby debut in 2023.

Blake’s schoolmate Blyth, the younger brother of Reds lock Angus, is another Reds Academy graduate to make the jump to the full-time squad.

Blyth was vice-captain of TSS’ 2019 premiership winning side, and has impressed for Bond University in the Hospital Cup this year.

Lawson Creighton

  • Position: Flyhalf
  • Height: 185cm
  • Weight: 90kg
  • Born: 21/07/1998
  • Place of birth: Brisbane
  • Senior Club: Brothers
  • School: Padua College
  • Queensland debut: 2022 v Melbourne Rebels, Suncorp Stadium
  • Queensland caps: 14

Spencer Jeans

  • Position: Scrumhalf
  • Height: 175cm
  • Weight: 80kg
  • Born: 19/10/2000
  • Place of birth: Gold Coast, Queensland
  • Senior Club: Bond University
  • School: The Southport School
  • Queensland debut: 25/02/2022 v New South Wales Waratahs, Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
  • Queensland caps: 5

George Blake

  • Position: Hooker
  • Height: 184cm
  • Weight: 105kg
  • Born: 11/06/2001
  • Place of birth: Raratonga, Cook Islands
  • Senior Club: Bond University
  • School: The Southport School
  • Queensland debut:
  • Queensland caps:

Wilson Blyth

  • Position: Lock
  • Height: 199cm
  • Weight: 104kg
  • Born: 08/04/2001
  • Place of birth: Tugun, Queensland
  • Senior Club: Bond University
  • School: The Southport School
  • Queensland debut:
  • Queensland caps:

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Brad Shields named 2024 Hurricanes Captain



Brad Shields named 2024 Hurricanes Captain

Experienced loose-forward and Hurricanes centurion Brad Shields has today been confirmed as captain of the Hurricanes ahead of their 2024 DHL Super Rugby Pacific campaign.

He will be supported by Asafo Aumua and Jordie Barrett, who have been named as vice-captains for 2024.

Shields, who played 103 games for the Hurricanes between 2012 and 2018, before heading offshore to pursue a test career with England, signed with the Hurricanes last year, eyeing a return for this season.

He takes over the reins from 2023 captain Ardie Savea who departed for Japan this season.

The captain’s tag is a title the 32-year-old is not unfamiliar with, having led the Hurricanes in their 31-all draw against the British and Irish Lions in 2017, and then taking on the role for the entire 2018 season.

Shields said he is honoured to be given the captain’s armband for 2024, but it is a role he will lean on many of his experienced teammates for support.

“I’m hugely excited and honoured to be leading the Hurricanes this season,” said Shields.

“I admit, after Clarky (Clark Laidlaw) told me I was really stoked, but I did feel a little apprehensive given I had been away for a few years and the quality of leadership we have at the Hurricanes. But at the end of the day, it’s a massive challenge and opportunity I’m excited for, and what makes it more exciting is there is a handful of guys here with so much experience who I know I will turn to for support. We’ll all work together with this one.”

Hurricane #184 said he intends to lead by his actions this season which he hopes will bring out the best out of a young Hurricanes team, and Hurricanes fans.

“Actions. Always by actions is how I like to lead,” said Shields.

“I really want to challenge our environment because challenge always brings better performances. We’ve got a really young team this season so anywhere I can help and encourage and bring the best out of some of the young guys, and the players who have been here for a while, is what I aim for.

“The one thing that’s massive for us at the Hurricanes is connection within our community. Ultimately, we’ve got to play good rugby and perform really well if we want bums on seats, but it certainly means a lot to know we’ve got our community behind us, and we’ll do everything we can to give them a good service and make 2024 an exciting and enjoyable season to watch.”

Having an abundance of experienced leaders in this Hurricanes side didn’t make the captaincy decision an easy one for Hurricanes Head Coach Clark Laidlaw.

However, Laidlaw said he and the other coaches were impressed with Shields’ attitude the moment he stepped back into camp and became an obvious choice as the right man to lead the side.

“The coaches and I do a lot of observing around leadership of the team, and it became reasonably apparent that we have several players that want to lead which is really exciting,” said Laidlaw.  

“But with Brad, he leads really well every day. He’s a great role model around how we want to train; he’s competitive as hell; he’s won Super Rugby; he’s a test match player; he’s bigger and stronger than he’s been before; and he knows what it takes to win and to lead. So, at the end of the day, he became an obvious choice.

“One of the best things about Brad is that he wants to be better. That’s an important trait to have as a leader as it rubs off on everyone else. We as coaches want our captain to represent what we want the team to look like. And we felt with Brad’s experience and his maturity, he’s the right man to lead us forward for this season.”

Laidlaw also echoed Shields’ comments on looking to his teammates for support this season.

“Brad will lead the side, but we do have a number of other players with Asafo and Jordie, who are going to be vice-captains of the team, and our leadership group will support Brad and help the coaches this season.”


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Waratahs Squad announced for 2024 Super Rugby Season



The NSW Waratahs confirmed its initial 34-player squad for the 2024 Harvey Norman Super Rugby Pacific season with a couple more spots to be decided in pre-season.

Props: Angus Bell, Archer Holtz, Daniel Botha, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Hayden Thompson-Stringer, Tom Lambert, Tom Ross

Hookers: Dave Porecki, Mahe Vaianu, Theo Fourie

Locks: Hugh Sinclair, Jed Holloway, Miles Amatosero, Ned Hanigan

Loose forwards: Charlie Gamble, Fergus Lee-Warner, Lachlan Swinton, Langi Gleeson, Ned Slack-Smith

Halfbacks: Jack Grant, Jake Gordon, Teddy Wilson

Flyhalves: Jack Bowen, Tane Edmed, Will Harrison

Centres: Izaia Perese, Joey Walton, Lalakai Foketi, Mosese Tuipulotu

Outside backs: Dylan Pietsch, Harry Wilson, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Max Jorgensen, Vuate Karawalevu

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Highlanders 2024 Squad Announcement




The Highlanders will usher into the fold a swag of new players for the 2024 Super Rugby Pacific competition.

Some have already made brief appearances last season such as halfback Nathan Hastie, loose forward Oliver Haig, hooker Jack Taylor and midfielders Jake Te Hiwi and Matt Whaanga. Several players have come through the John Jones Steel Highlander’s High Performance Programme such as first-five, Ajay Faleafaga, and loose forward Hayden Michaels.

Also new to the team, and adding depth to the outside back stocks, are the arrival of blockbusting winger and former Moana Pasifika star, Timoci Tavatavanawai, and Blues’ speedster Jacob Ratumaituvuki-Kneepkens. Argentinian winger, Martín Bogado, fresh from the 2023 World Cup, will return to further his Super Rugby experience in New Zealand.

Another former Blues player will add strength to the midfield in the form of Tanielu Tele’a who will be looking to get his career back on track after being hampered by injury in recent seasons.

Former Welsh international, Rhys Patchell, will bring his vital experience to the first-five role which will be good news for young pivots Cameron Millar and Ajay Faleafaga.

All Black, Ethan De Groot, will be joined in the forward pack by veteran loose forward and former Crusader Tom Sanders.

Highlanders’ Head Coach, Clarke Dermody, is looking forward to the preseason and the opportunity to work with his players.

“We have had a few changes in our squad and our coaching group so it will be great to get everyone together and start building some cohesion through the preseason. We will just about have our whole squad together from day one, which is a nice opportunity for us.”

“I am also pleased to see some of the younger players that we have invested in over the last few years start to come through to Super Rugby level. I am sure their individual enthusiasm will be infectious for the squad. 

The team assembles on Thursday 23 November 2023.



Backs:  James Arscott (Otago), Connor Garden-Bachop (Wellington), Martín Bogado (Argentina), Folau Fakatava (Hawkes Bay), Ajay Faleafaga (Otago), Sam Gilbert (Otago), Nathan Hastie (Otago), Jacob Ratumaituvuki-Kneepkens (Taranaki), Jonah Lowe (Hawkes Bay), Cameron Millar (Otago), Jona Nareki (Otago), Rhys Patchell (Wales), Jake Te Hiwi (Otago), Timoci Tavatavanawai (Tasman), Tanielu Tele’a (Auckland), Josh Timu (Otago), Matt Whaanga (Southland)

Forwards: Jermaine Ainsley (Otago), Henry Bell (Otago), Nikora Broughton (Bay of Plenty), Daniel Lienert-Brown (Canterbury), Mitchell Dunshea (Canterbury), Ethan De Groot (Southland), Oliver Haig (Otago), Billy Harmon (Canterbury) , Max Hicks (Tasman), Fabian Holland (Otago), Luca Inch (Tasman), Ricky Jackson (Otago), Ayden Johnstone (Waikato), Saula Ma’u (Otago), Hayden Michaels (Southland), Pari Pari Parkinson (Tasman), Hugh Renton (Tasman), Tom Sanders (Otago) , Jack Taylor (Southland), Will Tucker (Otago), Sean Withy (Otago)




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