Brandon Paenga-Amosa

Biography

Brandon Paenga-Amosa is a powerhouse hooker, who attributes a stint as a garbage man to his rise through the rugby ranks. Born in Auckland, Paenga-Amosa moved to Sydney as a baby, starting his sporting life in rugby league, and working his way through the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs' pathways. Paenga-Amosa switched to rugby at 15, and was chosen in the Combined High Schools team alongside future Wallaby Lukhan Tui. Impressive performances for Southern Districts in the Shute Shield competition saw Paenga-Amosa graduate to the NRC in 2016, where he was an immediate standout with the Western Sydney Rams. The rake moved to the NSW Country Eagles in 2017 and was again one of the competition's best, with his form earning him a spot in the Reds' squad for 2018. Paenga-Amosa proved his Super Rugby quality in an outstanding rookie Super Rugby season, that forced Michael Cheika to throw him into the Wallabies fold.

Highlights

2018

Paenga-Amosa made his international debut in Brisbane, running on in the number 2 jersey for the Wallabies who defeated Ireland 18-9.