Liam Wright

  • 23 Age
  • 97kg Weight
  • 193cm Height

Biography

Liam Wright is a ‘classic on-the-baller’ openside flanker with the added bonus of a 193cm frame that makes him a genuine third option at the line out. In 2020 he emerged as a future Wallaby captain after he led Queensland to the Super Rugby AU final, the Reds’ first since winning the title in 2011.

Born in Durban, Wright and his family arrived from South Africa when he was seven years old. He was educated at Anglican Church of England Grammar School in Brisbane, played two years in the 1st XV and from there represented Queensland schools. Wright then graduated as an OP1 student, enrolled in medicine at Queensland University of Technology and played his club rugby with Easts.

In 2016 Wright was a member of the Queensland U20s that claimed the national title and he went on to win selection in the Australian U20s for the Junior World Cup in England. Later that same year he made his National Rugby Championship debut for Queensland Country debut against NSW Country Eagles at Toowoomba.

2017 was a whirlwind year for the young flanker. Wright celebrated an undefeated national title with the Queensland U20s, selection to a second Junior World Cup, Player of the Year honours for Australian U20s, a National Rugby Championship title with Bond University Queensland Country, an uncapped match for Australia against the Barbarians and a call up to the Wallabies’ Spring Tour as a development player.

Wright made his Super Rugby debut in 2018, for the Reds against the Melbourne Rebels, before a torn hamstring during the NRC saw him ruled out for the remainder of the season. In 2019 Wright was the only Queenslander to start every match of the Super Rugby season and he finished second to Samu Kerevi for the Pilecki Medal, awarded to the Reds’ Player of the Year.

Wright’s consistent play was rewarded with selection in the Wallaby squad for The Rugby Championship where he made his Test debut against the All Blacks.

2019

Wright won his first Test cap when he replaced Lukhan Salakaia-Loto at blindside flanker in the 61st minute of the 0-36 loss to New Zealand at Eden Park. He picked up a second cap, again off the bench, in the 34-15 win over Samoa in Sydney.