Wallaby and Qld Reds’ twins Anthony and Saia Faingaa have risen quite quickly through the ranks of Australian rugby. Touted as one of the factors for the Reds’ current success, the twins are in fantastic form and have a bright future.
Pink Rugby has been fortunate to talk to the twins about all things rugby.
Name: Saia & Anthony Faingaa
Nickname(s): Saia: Predator, Anthony: Ant
Super Rugby Team: St George Reds
National Team: Wallabies
Test Caps: Saia: 11 Anthony: 4
How/Why did you start playing rugby?
We originally played Rugby League but then went to St Edmonds which was a union playing school so we made a code switch.
Who has been the greatest influence on your career?
Our parents for their ongoing support and guidance and our 1st XV coach at St Edmonds.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Playing together for the Wallabies, it was a dream come true. It is something we talked about doing when we were growing up.
Who is the toughest player you have played against?
Playing against our Brother Colby who is playing for the Brumbies is always tough, going up against family is very hard mentally.
What is your favourite stadium to play in?
Anthony: Suncorp, having the home fans really lifts you during the games.
Saia: Playing at Twickenham was very special for me.
What are your thoughts on the Red’s Super Rugby season so far?
It has been a great season so far; the whole team has really come together and risen to the challenges put in front of them. But we still have some tough battles ahead and we still have a lot of work to do.
Which player has impressed you the most so far?
For us both Radike Samo is a stand out this season, to come back from overseas into Super rugby with his energy, at his age, he is an inspiration to us both.
Which team has impressed you the most so far?
Definitely the Crusaders and the Blues. They will both be very tough physical games.
Who do you think are the team to beat this year?
Anthony: Crusaders and the Blues
You became the third set of twins to start for Australia last year, what was that first game like?
It was a dream come true. To not only be named with such legends as Mark Ella and co, but to play with your Brother for your country is stuff that dreams are made of.
Are you looking forward to this year’s Rugby World Cup?
We are both very excited about the RWC and would love to be apart of it, but we still have plenty of Super Rugby to play and at the moment that is our main focus.
What are Australia’s chances of winning this year’s Rugby World Cup?
The Wallabies Squad is a young enthusiastic group so we are hoping that everyone’s hard work and dedication pays off.
How has social media changed the way you interact with your fans?
We have found tools such as Facebook and Twitter have enabled us to reach a lot of fans on an individual level as well as being able to interact with fans that can’t get to games or fan days.
You are huge supporters of the National Breast Cancer Foundation; do you have any big plans for your campaign this year?
We do, stay tuned….