JORDAN P E TA I A
ow did you get into rugby? I started playing league when I was eight. I also played soccer. Then when I went to Brisbane State High School at 13 or 14, I started playing union because they didn’t play league there. Now I like union better, it’s more strategic and it’s a fast game. What positions have you played? I’ve always been in the back three. I like attacking and running into space. My running game is probably a strength. Who were your childhood heroes? Probably Izzy (Folau). It was very surreal being in the Wallabies squad with him. Tell us about playing with Matt Toomua when you were younger… He’s a family friend. There’s a big age difference (ten years), so I didn’t learn so much from him on the field. But I did learn in terms of knowing if you work hard enough and keep pushing, you can go far.
When did you link up with Queensland Reds? I started full squad training after I’d finished high school. It was a huge step up in terms of training intensity.
It’s been a big year for you. What are your highlights? My Super Rugby debut was a big one – that was huge. The NRC (National Rugby Championship) final for Queensland Country was a big day and the Wallabies tour was obviously one of the biggest highlights. I was pretty surprised to be called up but there’s a great atmosphere and I really enjoyed it. Who’s been the biggest influence on your career? I’d say my family. And God. My family are very supportive and have helped me get to where I am. My faith is also important to me and has played a big part in my success. What do you do away from rugby? I’m planning to study next year – maybe business – but for the first year I wanted to concentrate on rugby. What are your goals for 2019? To make the Super Rugby finals with the Reds and hopefully to make the World Cup squad.
HAge 18 (14 Mar 2000) Born Vic t or i a Franchise Reds Countr y Australia Position Back thr ee