Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Bryce Hegarty, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Hamish Stewart and Feao Fotuaika re-sign with St.George Queensland Reds

· Super Rugby
by Reds Media Unit

Dynamic frontrow pairing Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Feao Fotuaika, plus experienced utility back Bryce Hegarty have all re-signed for a further two years

Queensland pathway product Hamish Stewart has put pen-to-paper for three years, while electric centre Chris Feauai-Sautia has extended his contract with the Reds for next year.

Their decision to stay at Ballymore follows recent long-term signings of eight fellow team-mates who have also re-signed with the Reds.

Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “It’s good to secure the future of these five men and keep them here in Queensland.

“There’s a good mix of talent and experience between them. They’re a hard-working group of men. Most of them have come through the system with Queensland at Schoolboys and U20s level, or through the NRC.

“The longer we can keep this same group of men here together, the better it will be for Queensland,” said Thorn.

Paenga-Amosa made his Queensland debut in the Reds opening game of 2018 and went on to make his maiden Australian appearance for the Wallabies in the same year during the June Test series against Ireland.

The hooker has four Test caps and has played 32 matches for Queensland. He finished the 2019 Super Rugby season as the equal second-highest try-scorer for the Reds with five tries.

Following three seasons at both the Rebels and Waratahs, Hegarty returned home to Brisbane this year and went on to make his Queensland debut in the Reds’ opening match of 2019 against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

He missed just the one match this season due to injury and finished the regular season as Super Rugby’s second-highest points scorer with 156 points – including seven tries, 32 conversions and 19 penalty goals.

Feauai-Sautia will enter his ninth season of Super Rugby as the Reds current longest-serving player at Ballymore after making his Queensland debut in 2012.

He went on to make his Australian debut the following year – playing two tests for the Wallabies and scoring a try in each match.

The Brisbane State High School product wound back the clock in 2019 and finished the regular season as the Reds’ equal-second highest try-scorer with five tries in 13 games to bring his overall Queensland cap tally to 70 matches.

Stewart made his Queensland debut in 2017 following an impressive campaign with the title-winning Brad Thorn-coached Queensland U20s side, as well the Junior Wallabies at the World Rugby U20s Championships in the same year.

Born and bred on the Darling Downs, the Queensland pathway product has gone on to represent the Reds in 28 matches – including 10 games this season.

Stewart has also proved handy with the boot during his three seasons at Queensland – highlighted this year when he calmly slotted the match-winning penalty on fulltime in Tokyo for a memorable come-from-behind win.

Fotuaika’s path to playing professional Rugby is a genuine feel-good story. Out of shape and lacking motivation, the big prop was on the verge of retirement until he was handed an opportunity of a lifetime.

Scouted by Reds physiotherapist and scrum coach Cameron Lillicrap while playing for Brisbane City in the National Rugby Championship (NRC), Fotuaika joined the Queensland squad with the proviso he’d be handed a Reds contract if he lost 10 kilograms.

Under the strict regime of Reds Strength and Conditioning head coach Brynley Abad, Fotuaika lost an incredible 16 kilograms during this 2018/19 pre-season and went on to make his Super Rugby debut in the Reds’ opening game of the 2019 season against the Highlanders in Dunedin where he also crashed over for his maiden Super Rugby try.

Brandon Paenga-Amosa

Position: Hooker

Height: 183cm

Weight: 112kg

Born: 25/12/1995

Place of birth: Auckland, NZ

Senior Club: Sunnybank

Junior Club: Oatley Rugby Club (NSW)

School: Endeavour Sports High School, NSW

Representative Honours: NSW Schoolboys (2013), Western Sydney Rams NRC (2016), NSW Country Eagles NRC (2017), Queensland (2018-), Wallabies (2018), Brisbane City NRC (2018-)
Super Rugby debut: 2018 v Rebels, Melbourne (Queensland)

Super Rugby caps: 32 (Queensland)

Test debut: 2018 v Ireland, Brisbane (Australia)

Test caps: 4 (Australia)

Bryce Hegarty

Position: Utility Back

Height: 185cm

Weight: 92kg

Born: 28/08/1992

Place of birth: Brisbane

Senior Club: GPS

Junior Club: Samford Stags (Rugby League)

School: Marist College Ashgrove

Representative Honours: Melbourne Rebels (2013-2015), Toyota Shokki Shuttles (2015), Sydney Rays NRC (2017), New South Wales Waratahs (2016-2018), Queensland (2019-), Brisbane City NRC (2019-)

Super Rugby debut: 2013 v Blues, Auckland (Melbourne)

Super Rugby caps: 77 (Queensland 15, New South Wales 30, Melbourne 32)

Chris Feauai-Sautia

Position: Outside back

Height: 181cm

Weight: 101kg

Born: 17/11/1993

Place of birth: Auckland, New Zealand

Senior Club: Souths

Junior Club: Souths

School: Brisbane State High School

Representative Honours: Australian Schoolboys (2009-2011), Queensland (2012-), Australian Under 20s (2012), Australian Wallabies (2013-), Queensland Country NRC (2015, 2017)
Super Rugby debut: 2012 v Lions, Brisbane (Queensland)

Super Rugby caps: 70

Test debut: 2013 v South Africa, Cape Town (Australia)

Test caps: 2 (Australia)

Hamish Stewart

Position: Utility Back

Height: 183cm

Weight: 90kg

Born: 03/03/1998

Place of birth: Toowoomba, QLD

Senior Club: Bond University

Junior Club: Toowoomba Bears

School: Toowoomba Grammar School

Representative Honours: Australian Schoolboys Barbarians (2015), Queensland Schoolboys (2015), Queensland U20s (2017), Australian U20s (2017-2018), Queensland (2017-), Queensland Country NRC (2017)

Super Rugby debut: 2017 v Brumbies, Canberra (Queensland)

Super Rugby caps: 28 (Queensland)

Feao Fotuaika

Position: Prop

Height: 185cm

Weight: 130kg

Born: 23/04/1993

Place of birth: Gisborne, NZ

Senior Club: Souths

School: St. Francis College

Representative Honours: Queensland Schoolboys (2011), Australian Schoolboys (2011), Brisbane City (2015-), Queensland (2019-)
Super Rugby debut: 2019 v Highlanders, Dunedin (Queensland)

Super Rugby caps: 5 (Queensland)