Reds re-sign three young guns

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

The Reds have secured the signatures of three promising young stars - Izaia Perese, Hamish Stewart and Duncan Paia'aua all signing on until the end of 2019.

These are significant signings for the Reds as all three have the potential to be future Wallabies.

Perese has shown glimpses of what he is truly capable of throughout Queensland's Super Rugby campaign this year but his performances at the World Rugby U20s Championship have been something else.

He is the full package in attack.

A sharp turn of foot, explosive running power and devastating fend all wrapped into a 180cm, 91kg frame.


The preseason comparisons to Digby Ioane look as though they may come to fruition and it would not surprise if he was a fixture in the Wallabies squad come the 2019 World Cup.

Stewart is another Australian U20s star that has caught Michael Cheika's eye after a string of stellar performances for the Queensland U20s this year.

He was the best player in that undefeated campaign and also boasts a terrific attacking arsenal.

His kicking game immediately catches the eye but it's his game management which is just as impressive.Hamish Stewart will be at Ballymore until the end of 2019. Photo: World Rugby/Levan VerdzeuliHis pass is crisp on either side and he followed up some try saving tackles for the Queensland U20s with one against Italy on Tuesday night.

Australian rugby is short on players capable of roosting the ball 60 metres with accuracy to boot but the Toowoomba Grammar product is more than capable of reeling said kicks off with regularity.

He's pushed ahead of Jake McIntyre on Queensland's flyhalf depth chart but it will be interesting to see the role he will play going forward, given Quade Cooper is one of the first picked every week.

Paia'aua has played more minutes than any Red this year and has stamped himself as a integral part of the Queensland backline.Duncan Paia'aua isn't going anywhere. Photo: Getty ImagesHis combination with Cooper, Samu Kerevi and Karmichael Hunt has revamped the Reds attack this year but his defensive game is still regularly found wanting.

“It’s been a difficult year for the Reds on the field, but we’ve certainly seen plenty of growth and development within the playing group, with guys like Duncan, Izaia and Hamish stepping up at Super Rugby level and others within our group like young lock Lukhan Tui getting an opportunity within the Wallabies squad for the June Test series," coach Nick Stiles said.

"While the ultimate goal of the program is sustained on-field success now and in the future, the development of the playing group is the building block for that.

"To see the development of these players from within our pathway is very rewarding for all involved at Queensland rugby.”

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