August 27, 2021
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Fijians retain spot in Reds squad

Fijian players Filipo Daugunu, Suliasi Vunivalu, Illaisa Draosese and Serupepeli Uru have retained their spot in the Queensland Reds squad for the 2022 Super Rugby season.

After claiming their first SR title in 10 years and consistently ranking as the best supported team in Australia, the Reds are focused on sustained success in 2022 and beyond.

20 of the 31 players retained from this season had already secured their future at Ballymore ahead of the 2022 Super Rugby season, the franchise revealed in a statement.

The remaining 11 players have all recently re-signed following which includes back row duo Liam Wright and Angus Scott-Young, exciting backline prospects Mac Grealy, Kalani Thomas, Isaac Henry and Lawson Creighton, frontrow trio Dane Zander, Feao Fotuaika and Richie Asiata, plus Fijian pair of Uru and Droaese.

The only player in the current 32-man squad who wasn’t a part of this year’s program is Tom Lynagh, son of former Queensland and Australian captain Michael, who will officially join the Reds at the start of next month’s pre-season having already signed with Queensland through 2023.

Meanwhile, three players are set to farewell Queensland to pursue new opportunities and further their careers elsewhere in Australia and overseas.

Following his national duties with the Wallabies Brandon Paenga-Amosa will link-up with French club Montpellier, utility back Bryce Hegarty has signed with English Premiership side Leicester while scrumhalf Moses Sorovi will join the Melbourne Rebels next season.

Queensland Reds: Richie Asiata, Angus Blyth, Jock Campbell, Lawson Creighton, Filipo Daugunu, IIlaisa Droasese, Josh Flook, Feao Fotuaika, Mac Grealy, Isaac Henry, Harry Hoopert, Tom Lynagh, Alex Mafi, Tate McDermott, Fraser McReight, Josh Nasser, Zane Nonngorr, James O'Connor, Hunter Paisami, Jordan Petaia, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Angus Scott-Young, Ryan Smith, Hamish Stewart, Kalani Thomas, Tuaina Taii Tualima, Taniela Tupou, Seru Uru, Suliasi Vunivalu, Harry Wilson, Liam Wright, Dane Zander

By Romeka Romena

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