A versatile front-row forward capable at both prop and hooker, ALBERT ANAE, was called into Ewen McKenzie’s first Qantas Wallabies squad, as injury cover for the 2013 Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship.
The New Zealand-born Queensland Reds player made his Super Rugby debut back in 2011, during their championship-winning season, before joining the club’s extended player squad in 2012.
He continued to press his claims this year, signing a full-time contract and featuring in the bulk of the Reds’ games during the Super Rugby season, as well as their clash against the British & Irish Lions in June.
Anae’s involvement with the Reds has increased each year, with one appearance for the club in 2011, five in 2012 and 11 this season.
If selected to play for the Wallabies during The Rugby Championship, Anae would complete a long development path which started back in 2006 with the Australian Schoolboys. He represented the Australian Under 19s the following year then joined the Australian Under 20s at the IRB Junior World Championship for two years.
FAST FACT: Albert Anae toured with the Queensland Reds four years before making his Super Rugby debut, during a development trip to Ireland and France in 2007.