Queensland Reds announce 10 new signings in 2018 playing squad
The Queensland Reds have confirmed their squad and coaching staff for the 2018 Super Rugby season.
The 2018 Reds squad features 10 new signings, seven of which have been selected from Queensland Country following their grand final win in the National Rugby Championship, including Wallabies Spring Tour development player Liam Wright and NRC leading try scorer Filipo Daugunu.
Heading to Ballymore for the first time will be former Brumbies and Stormers prop JP Smith, along with exciting young NSW Country Eagles hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa.
A number of players have also been promoted from within the Reds pathway, including young locks Angus Blyth and Harry Hockings, back rower Angus Scott-Young, flyhalf Hamish Stewart and scrumhalf Tate McDermott. In total, 83% of the 2018 squad have emerged from Queensland pathway programs.
Joining the Reds coaching staff for the first time in 2018 will be former Queensland and Wallabies winger Paul Carozza, who has spent the last 15 years in various coaching roles at Ballymore, most recently as assistant coach with 2017 National Rugby Championship winners Bond University Queensland Country and the undefeated Queensland U20s.
Carozza will join newly appointed Head Coach Brad Thorn and recently appointed Assistant Coach Tony McGahan to form the coaching team for 2018.
Six players have been re-signed ahead of the 2018 season, including recent Wallabies debutant Karmichael Hunt, as well as Queensland Country standouts Caleb Timu, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Duncan Paia’aua, Izaia Perese and Eto Nabuli, who was also the Reds leading try scorer in 2017.
Twenty players have been retained from the 2017 squad, including Wallabies Lukhan Tui, Izack Rodda, Samu Kerevi, James Slipper, George Smith, Scott Higginbotham and Taniela Tupou.
“We’re excited to have Paul (Carozza) joining the Reds coaching staff, after providing me with good support in the Queensland Under 20s and with Queensland Country. He’s got a long history in Queensland Rugby and he is passionate about driving success at the Reds,” new Reds coach Brad Thorn said.
“We’ve managed to keep a fairly consistent squad for 2018, but we’ve also rewarded a lot of new players for their hunger and hard work throughout the 2017 season. I’m pleased to see them get their opportunity to be part of the Reds squad.
“It’s good to be back at Ballymore and into the thick of pre-season. We’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of us, but we’re excited by the challenge. Everyone you’ll see in Reds colours in 2018 will have worked extremely hard to get there.”
The Reds are expected to announce more player signings ahead of the 2018 season.
|2018 St.George Queensland Reds squad|
|Name||Club||School||SR caps||Test caps|
|Sef Fa’agase||University of Queensland||Shailer Park State School||34||–|
|Brothers||Toowoomba Grammar School||–||–|
|James Slipper||Bond University||The Southport School||95||86|
|Taniela Tupou||Brothers||Sacred Heart College||17||1|
|Markus Vanzati||Souths||Toowoomba Grammar School||5||–|
|Alex Mafi||Bond University||St. Joseph’s Nudgee College||8||–|
|Andrew Ready||Easts||St. Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace||27||–|
|Brandon Paenga-Amosa (new signing)||Southern Districts, NSW||Endeavour Sports High School, NSW||–||–|
|Bond University||The Southport School||–||–|
|Kane Douglas||Norths||Maclean High School||90||31|
|University of Queensland||Anglican Church Grammar School||–||–|
|Izack Rodda||Easts||Ipswich Grammar School||12||4|
|Lukhan Tui||Souths||John Edmonson High School||13||4|
|Michael Gunn||Easts||Anglican Church Grammar School||8||–|
|Reece Hewat||Norths||St. Joseph’s Nudgee College||1||–|
|Scott Higginbotham||Wests||The Southport School||123||34|
|Adam Korczyk||University of Queensland||Brisbane State High School||16||–|
|Angus Scott-Young (new signing)||University of Queensland||Anglican Church Grammar School||–||–|
|George Smith||Brothers||Cromer High School||157||111|
|Souths||St. Joseph’s Nudgee College||2||–|
|Easts||Anglican Church Grammar School||–||–|
|Nick Frisby||GPS||Marist College Ashgrove||65||5|
|University of Queensland||Sunshine Coast Grammar School||–||–|
|Moses Sorovi||University of Queensland||St Peters Lutheran College||1||–|
|James Tuttle||GPS||St. Joseph’s Nudgee College||18||–|
|Quade Cooper||Souths||Anglican Church Grammar School||117||70|
|Bond University||Toowoomba Grammar School||5||–|
|Chris Feauai-Sautia (re-signed)||Souths||Brisbane State High School||47||2|
|Samu Kerevi||Souths||Brisbane State High School||44||18|
|Norths||Emmaus College Rockhampton||23||–|
|Wests||Labasa Sangam College||–||–|
|Norths||Anglican Church Grammar School||32||6|
|Lachlan Maranta||Wests||St. Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace||2||–|
|Eto Nabuli (re-signed)||GPS||Nadroga Navosa Provincial High School||30||1|
|Easts||Anglican Church Grammar School||12||–|
2018 St.George Queensland Reds Staff
Head Coach: Brad Thorn
Assistant Coach: Tony McGahan
Assistant Coach: Paul Carozza
Head coach, Reds Elite Youth Development: Jason Gilmore
Senior Analyst: Michael Todd
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach: Niklas Superina
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Daniel Cooper
Sports Science Coordinator: James Mann
Sports Performance Dietician: Sally Baumann
Team Doctor: Daelyn Cullen
Head Physiotherapist: Cameron Lillicrap
Physiotherapist: Gina Nelson
General Manager, High Performance: Sam Cordingley
Team Manager: Thomas Barker
Player Development Manager: Matt Smith
Media Manager: Tom Kennedy