Duncan Paia'aua
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Duncan Paia'aua

Full nameDuncan Paia'aua
Date of birth (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 25)
Place of birthPorirua, New Zealand
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight91 kg (14 st 5 lb; 201 lb)
SchoolEmmaus College
Occupation(s)Athlete
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-Half
Current team Reds
Youth career
2010-11 Queensland
2013-14 Brisbane Broncos
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014-2018 Queensland Country 18 (5)
2014-19 Reds 35 (5)
2019- RC Toulonnais 11 (15)
Correct as of 21 July 2016
Correct as of RC Toulon 2019

Duncan Paia'aua (born 20 January 1995) is an Australian rugby union player who played Inside Centre for the Queensland Reds in the international Super Rugby competition between 2015 - 2019. Now playing for RC Toulon.

Family and early life

Paia'aua was born in Porirua, New Zealand but moved to Melbourne with his family at three years of age, and then settling in Rockhampton in 2002 playing junior league for Rockhampton Brothers.[1] He played rugby at high school in Rockhampton and was twice selected for the Queensland Under 16 team.[1]

He was chosen in the under 20 Junior Wallabies and competed in the Junior World Cup in Italy, June 2015, scoring 5 points for Australia.

Career

Paia'aua initially came through the Queensland Rugby Union's youth structures before switching to rugby league and linking up with the Brisbane Broncos where he represented their under-20s in the National Youth Competition.[1] However, in August 2014 it was announced that he had switched back to rugby union and signed a 2-year contract with the Queensland Reds ahead of the 2015 Super Rugby season.[2] He subsequently played 1 game for Queensland Country in the first ever National Rugby Championship,[3] leading them to victory in 2018 and runner-up in 2019 as captain. He made his debut for the Queensland Reds in round 1, 2015 against the Brumbies in Canberra.[4] On 28 October 2017, Paia'aua started for the Wallabies against the Barbarians at Allianz Stadium, Sydney.

Duncan represented Australia at the Wallabies vs Barbarians game in 2017 where he scored 24 of the 32 points. His outstanding performance caught the eyes of major international recruiters. Duncan currently plays 10 and 12 at RC Toulon - Toulonnais Rugby Club, Toulon, France.

References

  1. ^ a b c "Duncan Paia'aua Reds Player Profile". Reds Rugby. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "St. George Queensland Reds 2015 Squad Announced". Reds Rugby. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "Reds recruit Duncan Paia'aua named for Queensland Country clash with Melbourne Rising". Reds Rugby. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "Duncan Paia'aua itsrugby Player Statistics". itsrugby. Retrieved 2014.

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