Saia Fainga’a returning to Brumbies in 2017

Saia Fainga’a returning to Brumbies in 2017

 

Faingaa returns

The Aquis Brumbies are pleased to announce Queanbeyan junior and Wallabies representative Saia Fainga’a has agreed to return to the club on a one-year deal for the 2017 Super Rugby season.

Fainga’a was born and bred in Queanbeyan before joining the Brumbies Academy at age 14. A student of famed ACT Rugby nursery St Edmunds’ College, Fainga’a was a member of the 2003 and 2004 Australian Schoolboy teams and was a standout for the Australian Under 19s in the 2005 and 2006 World Championship campaigns.

Fainga’a made his Super Rugby debut for the Brumbies in 2006 against the Stormers in Cape Town at the age of just 19. Later that year he went on to captain the Australian U19 side to the World Championship title in Dubai.

After 27 appearances for the Brumbies between 2006 and 2008, Fainga’a and twin brother Anthony signed on with the Queensland Reds for the 2009 season. Since then he has gone on to make 98 appearances for the Reds and was a key member of the side’s 2011 Super Rugby Championship-winning side.

IRB U19's World Championships Final - New Zealand v Australia

Fainga’a was first selected for the Wallabies in 2010, and made his national debut in front of friends and family in Canberra against Fiji. He has since made 36 appearances for Australia.

Brumbies Head Coach Stephen Larkham, who played alongside Fainga’a in 2006 and 2007 said he is looking forward to working with Fainga’a again in 2017.

“It’s very pleasing that Saia wants to return to the Brumbies,” Larkham said.

“When he was a teenager, he had all the characteristics of a world-class player and after more than 120 Super Rugby games he is still playing with that level of intensity which is great to see.

“With Stephen Moore returning to the Reds next year there was obviously a gap we needed to fill in our squad and I think Saia is a perfect fit.

“His aggression, low tackles and fervor at the breakdown will definitely be of great benefit to us next season.”

Barbarians v AustraliaFainga’a, who has made eight appearances in 2016 for the Reds said he is pleased to have signed with the Brumbies for 2017.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Reds but equally am looking forward to returning to where it all began for me over a decade ago,” Fainga’a said.

“My focus right now is this season however I’m very glad to have my future sorted for next year.

PROFILE

Name Saia Fainga’a
DOB 2/2/1987
Place of birth Queanbeyan, NSW
Height 187cm
Weight 108kg
Position Hooker

 

CLUBS

YEAR TEAM CAPS POINTS
2006-2008 Brumbies 27 0
2009 Reds 98 40
2007 Canberra Vikings (ARC) 4 5
2014 Queensland Country (NRC) 5 5

 

INTERNATIONAL

YEAR TEAM CAPS
2003-2004 Australian Schoolboys 6
2005-2006 Australia (U19) 4
2006 Australia (U21) 3
2010- Wallabies 36

 



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