Destructive centre Hunter Paisami has re-signed with the Queensland Reds and Australian Rugby through 2023 after another stellar Super Rugby and Wallabies campaign.
Paisami featured in 11 games for Queensland in 2021, scoring four tries, while he played nine games for his country, including all four Tests on Australia’s Spring Tour.
He joins fellow Wallabies Tate McDermott, Fraser McReight, Taniela Tupou, James O'Connor, Filipo Daugunu and Harry Wilson who have committed with Queensland and Australian Rugby through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Paris.
Paisami said: “It’s an honour to have re-signed with the Reds and Australian Rugby.
"I’m really excited to be a part of this team and where this team can go in the future.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time in Queensland so far and I’m really happy to stay here with my young family for at least the next two years.”
Queensland Rugby General Manager – Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “Despite a lot of overseas interest, Hunter has chosen to stay in Queensland which is great for the Reds and Wallabies leading in 2023.
“Hunter’s growth since joining the Reds has been exponential. It’s exciting to think that he has only been professional for two seasons.
“He’s an extremely tough individual and he has become a key part of our game since joining the club.
“It’s great that his family has settled up here in Queensland and Hunter now has a young family of his own.”
After impressing at Queensland Premier Rugby level for Wests and with Brisbane City in the National Rugby Championship (NRC), the 23-year-old made his Super Rugby debut last year and completed a rapid rise to the national side the same season.
Paisami has since gone on to play 26 games for the Reds and 15 for the Wallabies in the past two years, scoring five tries in the maroon jersey.
Paisami and his Queensland teammates will kick off their Super Rugby Pacific campaign in February next year.
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Place of birth: Gataivai, Savaii, Samoa
Senior Club: Wests
Super Rugby debut: 2020 v Brumbies, Canberra
Super Rugby caps: 26
Test debut: 2020 v New Zealand, Wellington
Test caps: 15