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Test lock returns from Europe to sign for the Queensland Reds

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The Queensland Reds have added Test experience to their pack, signing former Wallaby lock Luke Jones through 2025.

The 31-year-old brings a decade of Super Rugby experience to Ballymore, with the secondrower playing 89 games for the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels from 2010 to 2020.

Jones debuted for Australia in 2014 and has played six games for his country, while he has also featured for French clubs Bordeaux and Racing 92 in the Top 14.

Jones said: “I’ve chosen to sign with Queensland because I think Ballymore is a great choice for my family and I to settle into. The Reds are a club that has previously had great success and are capable of achieving this again moving forward.

“It also means my kids will be surrounded by family and able to start school and settle into their long-term schooling life.

“I’m hoping that I can provide a level of experience that can help the younger players become better, whilst also striving to play as well as possible to give the club the best opportunity to be successful

“I’ve had the opportunity to play against Brad Thorn a couple of times at the end of his playing career, and I know he’s tough and resilient. I’m looking forward to working with him this season.

“Looking at the current squad, there is quite a few young players with good exposure to the professional level already. The team has a great culture with an instilled desire to win. I’m hoping to add my experience to the pack as we look to challenge for a Super Rugby title.”

Reds General Manager – Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “It’s great to be able to repatriate another Wallaby at the Reds.

“Luke is a great addition to our squad. He’s a very experienced lock with a high work rate, ability to lead a lineout and the versatility to play in the backrow.

“We look forward to welcoming Luke and his family to the Reds.”

An Australian Schoolboy in 2008 and 2009, Jones debuted for the Force in 2010 as an 18-year-old, before moving across to the country to the Rebels the following season.

The Sydney product went on to play 72 games for the Melbourne side over the next six seasons, earning a Wallabies debut in 2014.

Jones played three matches in his debut Test season before a move to French Top 14 club Bordeaux beckoned.

The set-piece specialist returned to Australian Rugby with the Rebels for the 2019 and 2020 seasons but then headed back to France to take up a contract with Racing 92.

While back in Australia, Jones won three more caps for the Wallabies in the 2019 Rugby Championship and will bring top-level experience to the Reds secondrow.

Luke Jones

  • Position: Lock
  • Height: 197cm
  • Weight: 111kg
  • Born: 02/04/1991
  • Place of birth: Sydney, New South Wales
  • Senior Club: TBC
  • School: St Pius X College, Sydney
  • Super Rugby debut: 20/02/2010 v Hurricanes, Sky Stadium (Western Force)
  • Super Rugby caps: 89
  • Wallabies debut: 14/06/2014 v France, Ethiad Stadium, Melbourne
  • Wallabies caps: 6

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Brumbies confirm coaching group for 2023 season

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Brumbies Rugby have confirmed Laurie Fisher, Rod Seib and Dan Palmer will form the club’s coaching group for the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season with returning head coach Stephen Larkham.

Widely acknowledged as one of the best technical coaches in the world, 2023 will be Fisher’s sixth season in his third stint at the Brumbies, Fisher having previously worked with Larkham in the former flyhalf’s playing days and in his early years as a coach.

Seib will continue for his third season at the Brumbies having joined the club at the end of 2020. A long-time head coach in Brisbane’s Hospital Cup, Seib served as Queensland’s Academy head coach before making the move to Canberra and has added to his strong reputation since taking charge of the Brumbies attack, serving as an assistant coach for Australia A’ during the recent Pacific Nations Cup. 

Brumby 132 Dan Palmer will step into a full-time role in the club’s coaching group in 2023 having had several successful stints in charge of the Brumbies scrum, the former Wallaby having also previously worked with Larkham as both a player and a coach.

Brumbies CEO, Phil Thomson said: “We’re pleased to be able to have such strong continuity within our coaching group as Steve takes over as head coach.”

“Laurie is obviously a world-class coach and he continues to be incredibly passionate about the Brumbies, and in Rod we have a detailed, intelligent coach who has made a great impression on the club so far.

“It’s fantastic also to have Dan come on full-time, and we’re excited to see him have a larger role within the group having watched his growth as a scrum coach.

“It’s rare to be able to assemble a coaching group with such continuity and shared experience and we’re confident they will put in place a program, along with our wider High-performance staff that will allow our squad to continue to develop and build on recent seasons as we look forward to 2023.”

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Queensland Reds release centre to join Western Force

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The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) has agreed to terms for the release of Hamish Stewart to the Western Force ahead of next year’s Super Rugby Pacific season.

Red General Manager of Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “The Western Force made the request through the appropriate channels. They had a need with some injuries and departing inside backs.

“We have good depth at centre and some salary cap pressure with a large contingent of national players, so this is a good result for all parties.

“We’d like to thank Hamish for his commitment to Queensland Rugby over the past six years and we wish him all the very best with his move west.”

“I’ve had a really good time at the Reds,” said Stewart.

“They gave me my first crack at Super Rugby, and I’ll always be extremely grateful for the club.

“I’m sad to go, but I know they’re in good hands with the staff and playing group there at the moment.”

A Darling Downs product, Stewart debuted for Queensland in 2017 and went on to play 72 games for the Reds.

The 24-year-old rose through the ranks alongside many of his Reds’ teammates, starring for the Junior Wallabies and in the Brad Thorn coached championship-winning Queensland U20s and Queensland Country sides in 2017.

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Sef Fa’agase re-commits to Queensland Rugby

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Versatile prop Sef Fa’agase has signed with the Queensland Reds through 2024.

The two-year deal sees the 31-year-old’s career come full circle, with Fa’agase rising through the Queensland pathway and making his Reds debut in 2015 before stints with the Melbourne Rebels, Highlanders and abroad.

Fa’agase re-joined the Reds squad in the backend of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season and featured in five games, bringing his Queensland cap tally to 48.

Fa’agase said: “I chose to re-sign with the Reds because it’s my home state, it’s where my journey started.

“Looking from afar for the last four years, I’ve been really excited about the way this group plays footy, especially the tightness on and off the field which I got a taste for it this year.

“I feel this season, especially towards the backend, there was a lot left out there, so I wanted the chance to hopefully go further next season with this group.

“I’m grateful for the chance to be back here representing Queensland, my partner and my family.”

Reds General Manager – Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “Sef made the most of his opportunity as injury cover this season.

“He has history with the Reds and brings experience and versatility in being capable either side of the scrum.

“He has the opportunity to reach 50 games for Queensland in 2023, so there’s plenty of motivation for him next season.”

A Logan product, Fa’agase made his Queensland debut in 2015 after helping the University of Queensland to the Hospital Cup title in 2014.

With the ability to play on both sides of the scrum, the prop played 43 games for Queensland between 2015 and 2018.

In 2016, Fa’agase played with the Wallabies XV against the Barbarians and was part of the Australian wider training squad in 2017, before taking his talents across the ditch to New Zealand the following year.

Fa’agase featured for Canterbury in the National Provincial Championship (NPC) and went on to play Super Rugby for the Highlanders in 2019.

Fa’agase turned out for the Yokohama Canon Eagles in Japan and the New England Free Jacks in the United States in 2020 and 2021, before he returned to Super Rugby with the Melbourne Rebels ahead of their 2022 campaign.

Long-term injuries to Taniela Tupou and Zane Nonggorr saw Fa’agase added to the Reds squad as injury cover late in the season, with Fa’agase’s experience and leadership ensuring he was rewarded with a new a two-year deal.

Sef Fa’agase

  • Position: Prop
  • Height: 185cm
  • Weight: 117kg
  • Born: 03/05/1991
  • Place of birth: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Senior Club: University of Queensland
  • School: Shailer Park State High
  • Queensland debut: 13/02/2015 v Brumbies, GIO Stadium, Canberra
  • Queensland caps: 48
  • Super Rugby caps: 53

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