Jordan Petaia

  • 20 Age
  • 98kg Weight
  • 190cm Height

Biography

Earmarked for greatness from an early age, Jordan Petaia was the first millennial to be selected in a Wallaby squad. A prodigiously talented, imposing three-quarter with a preference for the No.13 jersey, Petaia has made headlines with his speed, physicality, skill and stinging defence.

Born in Werribee, Victoria but raised in Brisbane, Petaia only started playing rugby in 2013. A stellar 2017 Queensland and Australian Schoolboy campaign was the stepping-stone to his near-meteoric rise twelve months later.

In February, a month before he had made his Premier Rugby debut for Wests, Petaia was ‘so impressive’ in Queensland's intra-squad, pre-season trial that Queensland coach Brad Thorn added him to the Reds’ Super Rugby squad.

Petaia then made history in round eight against the Brumbies in Canberra when, at 18 years and 24 days, he became the youngest Queensland Super Rugby player of all-time.

In May, Petaia achieved his goal for the year, to play in the U20s World Cup, and by July was named as the Reds Rookie of the Year.

National coach Michael Cheika was typically succinct and even somewhat understated when asked his view of Petaia following the teen’s selection in the Rugby Championship squad: "He looks very good.”

So good was Petaia that he went on to win selection on the Wallaby Spring Tour and looked set to become the third youngest Test capped Wallaby of all-time before hamstring soreness forced him to withdraw at the eleventh hour from the side to play Italy. 

Petaia started the 2019 Super Rugby season in red-hot form before he ruptured the Lisfranc ligament in his left foot against the Crusaders in round three. The injury saw him ruled out for the remainder of the tournament however he returned to earn a berth in the Wallabies Rugby World Cup squad.

2017

Represented Australian Schools against New Zealand Schools and Fijian Schools.

2018

Represented Australia at the 11th annual World Rugby U20s Championship in France

2019

Petaia won his first Test cap on the left wing in the 45-10 pool match victory over Uruguay. In that match he became the 96th Wallaby to score a try on debut. Petaia was also capped on the right wing against Georgia and at outside centre in the quarter final loss to England.