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Family divisions for Faingaa reunion

By Jim Morton 26/04/2010 08:00:12 PM Comments (0)

It will be a weekend to savour for Queensland's Saia Faingaa's with the Reds rake returning to Canberra for his 50th Super 14 match alongside twin Anthony and opposing little brother Colby.

Saturday night will also pit him against Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore in a key Wallabies audition for the ever-improving rake.

Considering Faingaa didn't even expect to be in the Reds starting team this year, it's a mind-blowing mix.

"It's got all the variables - 50th game, Brumbies, going home, against my little brother and all my family and friends watching so it's quite an exciting time," the 23-year-old said on Monday.

"There's not too many times you get to play with your twin brother and play against your little brother and have all your family there and have all your mates there as well."

The former Australian Under-20 captain's first 27 Super caps came with the Brumbies from 2006-2008 before he switched franchises in a move that ultimately saw Moore move from Ballymore to Canberra.

Although the Reds originally chirped they had got the best deal, Faingaa's debut season in Brisbane was a major disappointment as he struggled off the bench behind veteran Sean Hardman.

But with Ewen McKenzie's backing both he and Anthony have been Queensland's biggest improvers this season, reflecting the Reds own rise from second last in 2009 to sit fourth this year.

"I didn't think I'd be in the team to tell you the truth so to be starting at the moment and having another two-year contract and to play with my twin brother is unreal," Faingaa said.

With Colby set to start at openside flanker for the Brumbies with George Smith still sidelined, the Canberra Stadium clash will provide their proud parents and other brother Vili with a tough night.

"Dad (also Saia) will probably wear a Reds hat and Brumbies jacket, traitor, and my mum (Cindy) will probably be neutral," Faingaa said.

"(Colby) has said he's going to give me a little bit of a headlock. I think `oh come on mate, I'm your big brother'.

"It's pretty funny. Obviously we've never played each other. At school he was the young kid rid rising to his two older brothers.

"It's quite nerve-wracking actually because I don't know who my mum and dad will support."

Queensland have never beaten bogey-side Brumbies in Canberra but Faingaa feels the Reds have the right attitude under McKenzie to break the drought.

"This is exactly the same team as last year," he said. "The only thing that has actually changed is opportunities for people playing well."

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