Reds confirm O’Connor in 2015 Super Rugby squad

2011 Super Rugby champions the Reds have announced their squad for the 2015 Super Rugby season and have included James O’Connor and Karmichael Hunt.

The squad has four new signings for 2015 and the Reds say that there will be more key signings to be announced in the next few weeks.

James O’Connor, Karmichael Hunt, Duncan Paia’aua and Hendrik Tui are the four new players who will join Reds in 2015

Three of the recruits, Karmichael Hunt, James O’Connor and Duncan Paia’aua are returning to the Queensland Rugby pathway, having played in high school before representing their state at various levels.

The fourth new recruit for 2015 is Hendrik Tui, a New Zealand-born Japanese Test Number 8, who will join the Reds from Suntory Sungoliaths, who continue to form a strong relationship with Queensland Rugby.

The Reds have retained 22 members of the main squad from the 2014 season, nine of which were off contract and have recommitted. In addition, Extended Player Squad (EPS) members Samu Kerevi and Chris Kuridrani have been awarded full contracts.

While former Reds Wider Training Squad hooker Andrew Ready and Bond University Queensland Country backrow Lolo Fakaosilea will form the Reds EPS in 2015.

Queensland Rugby Union CEO Jim Carmichael said at the Reds Gala Ball in Brisbane on Friday, “For a number of years, this organisation has expected only the best.

“We are very committed to ensuring we put the most competitive team on the field year after year. We think this is reflected in the squad we have brought together for 2015 and beyond.

“Today’s announcement also demonstrates a determination by Queensland to continue to develop a talent pool that can deliver ongoing success.”

Hunt joins the Reds on a three-year deal which sees the former Anglican Church Grammar student return to Rugby Union.

The 27-year-old multi-code athlete started his professional career in the NRL, before playing Rugby Union in the French Top 14. He has spent the past four seasons with the AFL’s Gold Coast Suns.

Should he take the field for the Reds in the 2015 Super Rugby season, Hunt will become just the second professional athlete after Israel Folau to compete in all three of Australia’s winter football codes.

O’Connor returns home to Queensland after signing a two-year contract with the Reds.

The Australian Test player spent the 2013/2014 season with English Premiership club London Irish, before joining Heineken Cup and French Top 14 championship winners Toulon on a four-month deal. He will join the Reds for pre-season in early December.

Duncan Paia-aua, who joins the Reds on a two-year deal, grew up in Rockhampton, where he played Rugby in high school and twice represented Queensland in Under 16s.

The 19-year-old flyhalf spent the past two seasons with the Brisbane Broncos under-20s side in the National Youth Competition.

Hendrik Tui, who has signed for one year, is a strong, ball-carrying backrow who has played 25 Tests for Japan in the last two years. He joined Suntory Sungoliaths in 2013, where he thrived alongside former Wallabies flanker George Smith.

In addition to the new signings, nine Reds have recommitted, with full squad members Anthony and Saia Fainga’a, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Nick Frisby, Greg Holmes, Ed O’Donoghue, Eddie Quirk, Jake Schatz and Ben Tapuai all returning in 2015.

The Fainga’as joined the Reds in 2009 and established themselves as integral members of the side’s resurgence. Both have played more than 50 caps for Queensland and now have the potential to join the club’s 100 cap list.

Feauai-Sautia, 20, will be looking to return to his best in 2015, after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury midway through 2014. The powerful outside back joined the Reds when he was just 17 years old.

Frisby is in just his second year as a fully-contracted member of the Reds squad. At just 21 years old, Frisby has proven to

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