- 24 Age
- 117kg Weight
- 183cm Height
Brandon Paenga-Amosa, a powerhouse hooker, stands convinced that his time swinging garbage bins on the streets of inner Sydney gave him the hardened edge that underpinned a stunning 10-month transformation from Shute Shield rugby to becoming a Wallaby.
Born in Auckland, Paenga-Amosa moved to Sydney, started playing rugby league at the age of three and from there progressed through the Canterbury Bulldogs’ junior system. It wasn’t until he was 15 that Paenga-Amosa switched to union and, according to the man himself, ‘has never looked back.’
He was chosen in the Combined High Schools team alongside future Wallaby Lukhan Salakaia-Loto but then went on to drift in and out of the Waratahs program.
Impressive performances for Southern Districts in the Shute Shield competition saw Paenga-Amosa graduate to the 2016 National Rugby Championship where he racked up six tries in seven appearances for the Western Sydney Rams.
A year later he shifted to the NSW Country Eagles and scored five tries in seven games - including a hat-trick against Brisbane City in the last round.
The Melbourne Rebels offered him a chance in its wider training squad for the 2018 Super Rugby season before a call from Reds’ coach Brad Thorn saw Paenga-Amosa move north to Queensland.
His scrummaging and all-round game immediately impressed the Reds’ faithful however it was one excellent performance, against the Lions and their imposing Springbok star Malcolm Marx, which not only caught the attention of national coach Michael Cheika but also earned him a Test debut in the home series against Ireland.\
Paenga-Amosa was a regular starter for the Reds in 2020 as they scrummaged their way to the Super Rugby AU final.
Paenga-Amosa won his first Test cap at hooker, alongside Scott Sio and Sekope Kepu, in the 1st Test, 18-9 victory over Ireland at Suncorp. He was capped in each of the final two Tests against the Irish and collected a fourth cap for the year when he came off the bench against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.