Jordan Petaia

  • 19 Age
  • 98kg Weight
  • 190cm Height

Biography

In 2017 Jordan Petaia was playing his second year of 1st XV rugby at Brisbane State High School. State High won just two games that season however Petaia’s immense potential was evident to all who saw him play. The first millennial to be selected in a Wallaby squad, Petaia was set to become the third youngest Test capped Wallaby of all-time and just the ninth to make an international debut before his 19th birthday when chosen to start against Italy in 2018. Unfortunately he suffered hamstring soreness at training and was forced to withdraw at the eleventh hour.

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. A quiet achiever who appears earmarked for greatness, Petaia has also justifiably evoked comparison with a young Israel Folau. 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 in 2018. 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 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.” 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 and has also thrown a spanner into his World Cup ambitions.

Highlights

2017

Represented Australian Schools against New Zealand Schools and Fijian Schools.

2018

Represented Australia at the IRB U20s World Cup in France.