Quins excelling in World Rugby

Wallaby Rob Valetini & Samoa's Afa Amosa
Posted:
5th May 2020

Author:
Brock Parker

Whilst we all wait to get back on the field to play rugby, a number of former Harlequin players have been plying their trade at the professional level doing the club proud. 

At Test level, former Junior and 2011 & 2012 1st Grade player Afa Amosa represented Samoa at the Japan World Cup, tragically sustaining a serious knee injury whilst scoring a try in the first game of the tournament. Afa has been playing in Europe since the end of 2012 and is presently playing for the Bordeaux club in the French Top 14. 

Afa was joined in the Test match arena last year by club junior Rob Valetini who plays for the Brumbies in Super Rugby. Rob has been a Quin his entire life, with the Valetini family being Quins royalty. His father Manu played 200+ 1st Grade games including the 1989 and 1992 1st Grade premierships and his brothers Osea, Kemu and Billy have all played or are still playing 1st Grade for the club along with a number of cousins and uncles. Rob played 1st Grade for the club at just 17 years of age before making the move to Canberra as only the second forward in Australian Super Rugby history to be signed as a schoolboy (David Pocock being the other). 

Two other recent Quins 1st Grade Premiership players are plying their trade in Super Rugby in 2020.

Murray Douglas who is in his second season with the Brumbies played 2 season with the club after arriving from Scotland including the 2015 Premiership.  Murray made his SR debut with the Rebels before spending a season with the Hurricanes prior to signing with the Brumbies. 

Hunter Paisami spent 3 season at Quins, arriving as a Colt in 2016 and played in the 2017 undefeated 1st Grade Premiership team. Hunter has made a big impact in his first season with the Qld Reds this year after moving to Brisbane in 2019 and has a big future ahead of him. 

Congratulations to all four player and lets hope we see more Quins in the future go on to play professional and Test rugby. 

Murray Douglas and Hunter Paisami