Reds bolster coaching, front row

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Paul Carozza will be Brad Thorn's right hand man at the Reds in 2018, news that will be music to every Queensland rugby fan's ears.

The pair have proven to be a dynamic duo in the last two years, steering Queensland's U20s to consecutive undefeated, title winning seasons before taking the reins at Queensland Country and working wonders there.

Thorn has regularly credited Carozza as an integral part of his rise to the head coaching ranks and the Reds announced Thorn's right hand man as one of two assistant coaches in their squad drop on Wednesday.

Thorn will also be flanked by former Rebels coach Tony McGahan, with 2017 assistant coach Jason Gilmore taking on a role as head of the Reds' Elite Youth Development pathway.Rams hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa is an astute signing by the Reds. Photo: Getty ImagesThere are no major surprises among the full playing squad, with the only fresh faces that haven't already been made public former Brumbies and Stormers prop JP Smith and standout NSW Country Eagles hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa.

Smith will provide cover for Taniela Tupou, who is the hot favourite to start at tighthead alongside James Slipper at loosehead.

The signing of Paenga-Amosa is particularly astute, though, as the 21-year-old is more than capable of taking on Alex Mafi and Andrew Ready in the fight for the starting hooker job.

All three have the potential to make the top job their own and that will be an intriguing battle as the season rolls along.


Reds 2018 Super Rugby squad


Sef Fa’agase, University of Queensland, Shailer Park State School

Harry Hoopert, (new signing), Brothers, Toowoomba Grammar School

James Slipper, Bond University, The Southport School

J.P. Smith (new signing),TBC

Taniela Tupou, Brothers, Sacred Heart College

Markus Vanzati, Souths, Toowoomba Grammar School


Alex Mafi, Bond University, St. Joseph’s Nudgee College

Andrew Ready, Easts St. Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace

Brandon Paenga-Amosa (new signing)Southern Districts, NSW Endeavour Sports High School


Angus Blyth (new signing), Bond University, The Southport School

Kane Douglas, NorthsMaclean High School

Harry Hockings, (new signing)University of Queensland Anglican Church Grammar School

Izack Rodda, Easts, Ipswich Grammar School

Lukhan Tui, Souths, John Edmonson High School

Back row

Michael Gunn, Easts, Anglican Church Grammar School

Reece Hewat, Norths, St. Joseph’s Nudgee College

Scott Higginbotham, Wests, The Southport School

Adam Korczyk, University of Queensland, Brisbane State High School

Angus Scott-Young (new signing), University of Queensland, Anglican Church Grammar School

George Smith, Brothers, Cromer High School

Caleb Timu (re-signed), Souths, St. Joseph’s Nudgee College

Liam Wright (new signing), Easts, Anglican Church Grammar School


Nick Frisby, GPS, Marist College Ashgrove

Tate McDermott (new signing), University of Queensland, Sunshine Coast Grammar School

Moses Sorovi, University of Queensland, St Peters Lutheran College

James Tuttle, GPS, St. Joseph’s Nudgee College


Quade Cooper, Souths, Anglican Church Grammar School

Hamish Stewart (new signing), Bond University, Toowoomba Grammar School


Chris Feauai-Sautia (re-signed), Souths, Brisbane State High School

Samu Kerevi, Souths, Brisbane State High School

Duncan Paia’aua (re-signed), Norths, Emmaus College Rockhampton

Outside backs

Filipo Daugunu (new signing), Wests, Labasa Sangam College

Karmichael Hunt (re-signed), Norths, Anglican Church Grammar School

Lachlan Maranta, Wests, St. Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace

Eto Nabuli (re-signed), GPS, Nadroga Navosa Provincial High School

Izaia Perese, Easts, Anglican Church Grammar School