15th Sep 2020
Congratulations to three Harlequin players who have been selected in Dave Rennie's Wallabies squad for the upcoming Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship series. It is a credit to the hard work that these three young men and their families have undertaken over many years. For the club is it a great achievement and testament to the work that so many coaches and volunteers put in to help players achieve their goals in rugby and life. To think that the a suburban club in AFL heartland can play a part in producing 3 potential Wallabies at the same time - and lets not forget the clubs other current Test player in Afa Amosa with Samoa.
Trevor Hosea - Melbourne Rebels
At only 20 years of age Trevor is the baby of the squad and has had a meteoric rise after only debuting for the Rebels this season. Trevor moved to Quins at 15 having played his earlier junior rugby at Kiwi Hawthorn (his father's club) to continue playing as Kiwi's didn't have a U16 team and to join his older brother Ta who joined the club to play Colts. Trevor debuted in 1st Grade in 2018 and has played a number of 1st Grade games for Quins in 2018 and 2019.
Rob Valetini - ACT Brumbies
The Valetini family are 'Quins Royalty', Rob's father Manu played over 100 1st Grade games including the 1989 and 1992 1st Grade Premierships with his brother Osea Koliloa. Rob started with Quins as a 5 year old, playing all his junior rugby at Quins before making his 1st Grade debut in 2016 at 17 years old. Rob became the 4th of Manu and Finau's sons to represent the club in 1st Grade along with Osea, Kemu and Bill. Rob became only the second forward to sign a Super Rugby contract whilst still at school - the only other being David Pocock.
Hunter Paisami - QLD Reds
Hunter joined the club in 2016 after arriving from New Zealand as an 18 year old. Debuting in 1st Grade in his first season, Hunter played in the Colts Grand Final team in 2016 alongside Rob Valetini (how did they lose with these two in the team?) before being a member of the 2017 1st Grade undefeated Dewar Shield premiership team. Hunter continued to play 1st Grade for the club in 2018 before making a move to Brisbane for the 2019 season where he excelled and joined the Reds program and like Trevor only made his Super Rugby debut this season.