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The QR Reds have signed footballing twins Anthony and Saia Faingaa from the Brumbies on a two year deal through to the end of 2010.


Reds Performance Manager Ben Whitaker said the 21-year old Faingaa brothers – inside centre Anthony and hooker Saia – were two of the most exciting young talents in Australian Rugby.


“(QR Reds Head Coach) Phil Mooney and (Forwards Coach) Mark Bell already know the boys well from their involvement in the World Championship-winning Australian Under 19s in 2006, where Saia was the captain and Anthony the vice-captain,” Whitaker said.


“We expect them to fit in pretty quickly next year and will be looking forward to making them welcome.


“We believe the Reds’ program will further develop their talents and ultimately help them reach their full potential,” Whitaker said.


“Anthony and Saia love to just get out there and play footy: their attitude is fabulous and we really believe Reds fans will warm to them,” he said.


Anthony said having been coached before by Mooney and Bell played a significant part in his and his brother’s decision to leave Canberra.


“The coaching staff at the Reds was definitely a big influence,” Anthony said.


“We enjoyed our experience in the Under 19s under Phil and Mark and feel they can teach us so much. We also like the family atmosphere that they’re creating at the Reds,” Anthony said.


He said it will be tough leaving the Brumbies and moving away from home for the first time but the twins were excited about the prospect and the challenge.


“It was a hard decision. We grew up here (Queanbeyan/Canberra) and we’ve played all our football down here and I don’t think we’ve ever been away from home for longer than about two weeks at a time, so it’s going to be tough. But we’re looking forward to the challenge.”


Anthony said he and his brother planned to buy a property together when they move to Brisbane.


“We’re best mates, we do everything together. We’re looking at this as a long-term move for us so we’d like to buy somewhere to live as an investment.”


For the time being, though, the brothers want to focus on the remainder of the 2008 season with the Brumbies. Saia was unavailable for interview because he is preparing for tonight’s match against the Chiefs and Anthony said he was unavailable for further comment.


Background


Anthony Faingaa
Position: Inside centre
H: 1.81m
W: 90kg
DOB: 2/2/1987
Born: Queanbeyan, NSW

Anthony began his football career as a five year old with the Queanbeyan Kangaroos (rugby league). He attended St Edmund’s College where he first represented the school’s First XV aged 15. He was vice captain of the Australian Schoolboys (2004) and the World Championship-winning Australian Under 19’s in 2006, under current QR Reds Head Coach Phil Mooney. Anthony sealed Australia’s 17-13 Under 19 final win over New Zealand with a late drop goal and was later nominated for the International Rugby Board’s Under 19 Player of the Year. He also represented the Australian Under 21’s in 2006.


Anthony made his Super 14 debut against the Bulls in 2007 after recovering from a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot and added a further two caps during the season, coming off the bench against the Stormers and Sharks. A confident ball player and punishing defender, Anthony was called into the Australian Sevens side for the final two tournaments of the 2007 World Series in London and Edinburgh. He played in all eight matches for the Canberra Vikings in the Mazda Australian Rugby Championship, taking on the goal kicking duties at the back end of the season.


Major Rep Honours:


Australian Schools 2004
Australian Under 19’s 2005-2006
Australian Under 21s
Australian Sevens 2007
Super 14 caps to 2007: 3 (Debut v Bulls, Canberra)

Saia Faingaa

Position: Hooker

W: 103kg
DOB: 2/2/1987
Born: Queanbeyan, NSW

Saia grew up playing rugby league for the Queanbeyan Kangaroos before crossing codes at Canberra’s prestigious rugby nursery, St Edmund’s College. A member of the Brumbies Academy since the age of 14, Saia represented the Australian Schools in 2003 and 2004, before captaining the Australian Under 19’s to a World Championship in Dubai in 2006, under current QR Reds Head Coach Phil Mooney and Forwards Coach Mark Bell. That year his Super 14 debut was fast-tracked following injuries to Jeremy Paul and David Palavi and he was rushed into the Brumbies’ squad in Cape Town where he made his Super 14 debut against the Stormers.


Following the forced retirement of David Palavi at the beginning of 2007, Saia stepped up to deputise for Jeremy Paul. The enthusiastic 20 year old represented the Brumbies in 11 matches in 2007, proving up to playing Investec Super 14 rugby despite his relatively young age. Saia scored a try for the Canberra Vikings against the Melbourne Rebels in the opening round of the Mazda Australian Rugby Championship (ARC) but tore his hamstring against the Perth Spirit the following week, only returning in the final week of the competition.


Major Rep Honours:


Australian Schools 2002-2003)
Australian Under 19s 2005-2006 (Captain 2006)
Australian Under 21s 2006
Super 14 caps (to 2007): 15 (Debut 2006 v Stormers, Cape Town)

   

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