Faingaa Twins Gala Dinner Update
It’s that time of year again—we’re excited to announce the 2016 Think Pink Gala Dinner is on again for 2016!
We’ve moved to the Royal International Convention Centre in Bowen Hills on Saturday 5th November 2016, and would love to see you there.
Guests will enjoy a three-course meal with premium beverages and a night of unforgettable entertainment. Tickets are now available here.
Saia and Anthony Fainga’a of Tongan and Aboriginal descent were born on 2nd February 1987 in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, where they started playing rugby league as five year olds with the Queanbeyan Kangaroos. From a young age it was evident that the twins were something special. Not only were they at least a head taller than any other kid on the field but they were determined and loved playing together.
The twins attended St. Edmund’s College in Canberra where they first represented the school’s 1st XV rugby team at age 15. They were selected as captain and vice-captain of the Australian Schools team in 2004.
The Fainga’a Twins were again recognised for their leadership skills once again being rewarded captain and vice captain of the World Championship-winning Australian Under 19’s in 2006. They also represented Australia in the Under 21’s in 2006.
Both Faingaa Twins began their professional careers signing their first Super Rugby contracts with the ACT Brumbies in 2006. In 2009, both Saia and Anthony swapped out the wintery weather down south for the sunshine the Queensland Reds had to offer. Their move to Queensland not only developed their careers on the field with Wallabies selections, but also off the field. The Faingaa Twins have been inspiring mentors for Mission Australia, they are brand Ambassadors for Lexus of Brisbane and they go out of their way to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation with annual charity events.
The Faingaa Twins remarkable performance in the Reds 2011 Super Rugby title-winning season, gave them both the opportunity to play in the Tri Nations and made history when they were named in the starting line-up together against the All Blacks in Christchurch. They became the first set of twins since Mark and Glen Ella to start for the Wallabies in a Test and helped the Wallabies secure their first Tri Nations title in a decade. Their efforts were rewarded with a place in the Australian 30-man squad for the 2011 World Cup.
The Twins have re-signed to the Queensland Reds for 2015 and 2016.
Anthony’s tough-tackling became a fixture of the Queensland midfield in 2010, with his power game complementing the razzle-dazzle of the reds backline and completed his rise with a Wallabies Test debut off the bench against New Zealand. Anthony impressed throughout the Super Rugby campaign in 2011 and was given the opportunity to start the Tri Nations decider against the All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium. His efforts in that encounter drew mass praise; with his unrelenting defence helping the Wallabies secure their first Tri Nations title in a decade. Anthony represented Australia at the 2011 World Cup, making six appearances.
Anthony’s contributions, both on and off the field, were recognised with Anthony taking home the Spirit of the Reds Award in 2012, awarded to the player who has demonstrated the behaviour and attributes that are hallmarks of the Reds’ team culture. In 2013, Anthony added a further 11 Super Rugby caps to his tally, claimed his 50th Queensland cap and took on the British & Irish Lions. His Super Rugby form saw him named in the Wallabies squad for The Rugby Championship, but he was forced to withdraw due to injury and underwent shoulder surgery in order to be healthy in time for the 2014 season.
Saia made his Super 14 debut in 2006 where he played his first senior match for the Brumbies against the Stormers in Cape Town. Later that year he captained the Australian Under 19s team to win the IRB World Championship in Dubai. Fainga’a went on to earn 27 super rugby caps at the Brumbies from 2006 to 2008.
In 2008, Saia and his twin brother Anthony signed on to play with the Queensland Reds for the 2009 season. At the end of the 2010 Super 14 season, a year in which he had nailed down a starting berth at the Reds, Saia won a call-up to the full Australia squad. He made his Test debut coming off the bench for Australia in 2010 against Fiji in Canberra.
Faingaa’s remarkable rise continued in the 2011 Super Rugby season, playing in all 18 matches of the Reds 2011 Super Rugby title-winning season and was a key part of the side, which took the Super Rugby title. Saia’s prolific form was further rewarded by Robbie Deans who named the hooker in his final 30-man squad for the 2011 World Cup, where he made two appearances for the Wallabies.
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