September 24, 2018
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Samu Kerevi signs new one-year deal

Wallabies and Reds centre Samu Kerevi has re-signed with Queensland and Australian rugby for 2019.

In his fifth season at Queensland, Kerevi played his 50th match for the Reds in Round 8 this year and continues to develop as one of Super Rugby’s most potent attacking threats.

The 24-year-old has scored 105 points (21 tries) in 58 matches for the Reds and has crossed for five tries during his 21-Test career with the Wallabies.

 “I’m excited to stay in Queensland for one more year, my family was a big factor in staying,” Kerevi told the Reds website after the signing.

“The young boys coming through the club is what keeps me at the Reds. I see the potential. Not long ago I was in their shoes so to have one more year with them will be special.

“Brad (Thorn) has been awesome in changing the culture and mentality of not just the team but also the organisation.”

“The World Cup is next year and that’s pretty special for any rugby player. It’s the biggest stage in World Rugby and that was another driver for me.”

 Kerevi is currently recovering from wrist and biceps injuries suffered during the Test series.

“First thing is first and that’s getting back to fitness and playing well for my club and hopefully being picked to represent Australia through the year and into the World Cup.”

“Right now my goal is to hopefully make the back-end of the NRC, or even the Club 7’s Series but that all depends on how my rehab goes.”

Kerevi’s re-signing follows Izack Rodda, JP Smith, Filipo Daugunu, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Aidan Toua and Alex Mafi all recommitting to the Reds last week.

Kerevi’s family moved from Fiji to Queensland when he was seven-years-old.

 He played his junior rugby at Sunnybank and starred for Brisbane State High School in the GPS competition to earn Queensland Schoolboy honours in 2011.

He was an integral part of Brisbane City’s back-to-back NRC wins in 2014 and 2015 after making his Reds debut in 2014.

 He made his Test debut against England in 2016 at Suncorp Stadium.

By Reginald Chandar

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