Super Rugby

Height: 180cm
Weight: 91kg
Born: 20/01/1995
Place of Birth: Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Club: Norths
Junior Club: Colts Rugby Union Club, Rockhampton
School: Emmaus College Rockhampton

Representative Honours
Queensland Under 16s
Queensland Under 20s (2015)
Australian Under 20s (2015)
Queensland Country NRC (2014-)
Queensland (2015-)


Playing History

Representative Caps Points Debut
NRC: Queensland Country 10 33 (4T, 5C) 2014 v Melbourne Rising, Bond University
Queensland 21 15 (3T) 2015 v Brumbies, Canberra Stadium
Super Rugby 21 15 (3T) 2015 v Brumbies, Canberra Stadium
Test Rugby - - -

Player Bio

Duncan Paia’aua grew up in Rockhampton, where he played Rugby in high school and twice represented Queensland in Under 16s.

The 19-year-old transitioned to Rugby league following high school and spent two seasons with the Brisbane Broncos under-20s side in the National Youth Competition, before signing with the Reds ahead of the 2015 season.

Duncan was born in New Zealand, but his family moved to Melbourne when he was three years old, before settling in Rockhampton in 2002.

Established himself as the Reds’ starting inside centre and was one of the Reds’ most prevalent, having played the most minutes of any Reds player prior to the June Test window.
Spent the season abroad playing for French Top 14 side Toulon, while also representing the Australian Sevens side at tournaments in Las Vegas and Vancouver. Returned to Australia in August and represented the Wallabies in nine Tests.
A tough run of injury meant Cooper was limited to just five Super Rugby games for the Reds. Despite his limited opportunities in Super Rugby, he was featured in five matches for the Wallabies, including their Rugby World Cup clash against Uruguay.
Reached two significant milestones as he earned his 100th cap for Queensland against the Blues in Auckland and became the all-time highest points scorer for the Reds in Super Rugby, surpassing Elton Flatley’s previous marker of 629.

Suffered a dislocated shoulder against the Rebels at Suncorp Stadium, with shoulder surgery ruling him out of the remainder of the Super Rugby season along with Wallabies duties.

*Please note, the scoring in the National Rugby Championship changed from seasons 1 and 2 to season 3. In 2014 and 2015 tries were worth 5 points, conversions 3 points, penalties/drop goals 2 points. In 2016, tries were worth 6 points, conversions/penalty goals/drop goals 2 points.

Updated 19/06/2017