Queensland Reds announce 2023 Super Rugby Pacific Squad

The Queensland Reds have confirmed their playing squad for the 2023 Harvey Norman Super Rugby Pacific competition.
  Queensland’s roster remains largely unchanged from last year’s campaign, with just three players from outside the 2022 program – Luke Jones, Connor Anderson and Phransis Sula-Siaosi – added to the 37-man squad.
 More than 90% of the squad (34 players) have made their way to Super Rugby through the Queensland Rugby pathway, having represented Queensland at U18s or U20s level, or played in the StoreLocal Hospital Challenge Cup, National Rugby Championship or Queensland Rugby Challenger Series.
 The squad is Queensland’s most experienced in five-years with the roster boasting 1067 Super Rugby caps.
 Up to 13 players will potentially have played 50 games for Queensland by the end of 2023 – the most since 2015.
  Five players in the squad have already reached their Queensland half-century, with Filipo Daugunu, Tate McDermott, James O’Connor, Taniela Tupou and Liam Wright having achieved the 50-cap milestone.
 A further eight – Angus Blyth, Jock Campbell, Sef Fa’agase, Harry Hoopert, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Jordan Petaia and Hunter Paisami – will also have the chance to reach the mark this season.
  The squad features 12 capped Wallabies, as well as 10 players who represented Australia A this year.
 Queensland will also welcome former All Black Kane Hames to the coaching staff, completing the coaching group alongside Head Coach Brad Thorn and Assistant Coaches Jim McKay, Phil Blake and Mick Heenan. 
 Hames brings over a decade of coaching and playing experience at both International and Super Rugby level to Ballymore.
 Reds General Manager – Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “We are proud of the Queensland pathway connection within the 2023 Reds Squad. 
 “We have been building on our collective experience for a number of years, which has heightened expectation.
 “We welcome this ahead of a significant year for the club as we celebrate 140-years of Queensland Rugby.
 “We’re pleased to welcome Kane to Ballymore. He is another great asset within our experienced coaching team.”
 The Reds commenced their first block of pre-season training at Ballymore this week ahead of the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season.
 Queensland will play five home games at Suncorp Stadium next year, with two at Townsville’s Queensland Country Bank Stadium, including a Round 1 blockbuster against the Hurricanes.
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  Queensland Reds 2023 Squad (in alphabetical order)
 Connor Anderson – Wests – Brisbane State High School – Everton Park Roosters
 Richie Asiata – Easts – Anglican Church Grammar School
 Floyd Aubrey – GPS – Marist College Ashgrove
 George Blake – Bond University – The Southport School – Fasi Maufanga Eels, Tonga
 Angus Blyth – Bond University – The Southport School – Casuarina Beach Rugby ClubWilson Blyth – Bond University – The Southport School – Casuarina Beach Rugby ClubJock Campbell – University of Queensland – The Southport School – Inverell Highlanders
 Lawson Creighton – Brothers – Padua College
 Filipo Daugunu – Wests – Dogotuki District School, Fjii
 Sef Fa’agase – Sunnybank – Shailer Park State High School – Beaudesert WarriorsMatt Faessler – Brothers – Toowoomba Grammar School – USQ Saints
 Lopeti Faifua – Wests – Saint Kentigern College, Auckland
 Josh Flook – Brothers – St Joseph’s Nudgee College – Brothers
 Mac Grealy – University of Queensland – Downlands College – Souths ToowoombaIsaac Henry – Wests – Brisbane Boys College – Kenmore BearsHarry Hoopert – Brothers – Toowoomba Grammar School – Dalby Wheatmen
 Spencer Jeans – Bond University – The Southport School – Gold Coast Eagles
 Luke Jones – Wests – St Pius X College – St Ives Rugby Club
 Tom Lynagh – University of Queensland – Epsom College – Richmond Rugby ClubTate McDermott – University of Queensland – Sunshine Coast Grammar School – Flinders Rugby ClubFraser McReight – Brothers – Brisbane Grammar School – Albany Creek Brumbies
 Josh Nasser – University of Queensland – St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace – EastsZane Nonggorr – Bond University – The Southport School – Gold Coast Eagles
 James O’Connor – Brothers – St Joseph’s Nudgee College – Brothers
 Hunter Paisami – Wests – Mangere College, Auckland Jordan Petaia – Wests – Brisbane State High School
 Ryan Smith – Brothers – St Patrick’s College Shorncliffe – Caboolture SnakesPhransis Sula-Siaosi – Souths – St Joseph’s Nudgee College
 Keynan Tauakipulu – Wests – Saint Kentigern College, Auckland – Kenmore BearsKalani Thomas – University of Queensland – Ipswich Grammar School – SouthsTaniela Tupou – Brothers – Tonga College Atele – Kalapu Hufangalupe, Tonga
 Seru Uru – Wests – Ratu Kadavulevu School, Fiji – Namoli Rugby Club, Fiji
 Connor Vest – University of Queensland – Grafton High School – Grafton Junior Rugby Club
 Suliasi Vunivalu – Wests – Saint Kentigern College, Auckland
 Harry Wilson – Brothers – St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace – Gunnedah Red Devils
 Liam Wright – Easts – Anglican Church Grammar School – Easts
 Dane Zander – University of Queensland – St Joseph’s Nudgee College – Albany Creek Brumbies
 Queensland Reds 2023 Coaching Staff 
  Brad Thorn – Head Coach
 Jim McKay – Assistant Coach
 Phil Blake – Assistant Coach
 Mick Heenan – Assistant Coach
 Kane Hames – Assistant Coach
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