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Reds retain Samo and Robinson

12/07/2011 03:52:17 PM Comments (0)

Radike Samo has joined fellow back-row revelation Beau Robinson in re-signing with the Queensland Reds for another two Super Rugby seasons.

Two of the stars of Queensland's 18-13 final win over the Crusaders on Saturday, Samo and Robinson will remain with the Reds until at least the end of 2013.

"We came to an agreement with both players midway through the regular season, but chose to hold off on officially announcing it to avoid the distraction and to ensure we remained focused solely on winning the Super Rugby competition," Reds' coach Ewen McKenzie said on Tuesday.

"That has now been accomplished and, with their selection for the Wallabies, it's an opportune moment to publicise the good news.

"Retaining our talent is a major priority that we invest a lot of time in, so it's pleasing to see both Beau and Radike recognise the systems we have in place and choose to remain with us in the coming years."

Robinson and Samo were instrumental figures in the Reds' record-breaking 2011 season and were duly rewarded with Wallaby selection in the 40-man squad announced for the upcoming Test against Samoa and the Tri Nations series.

Robinson initially joined the Reds during the off-season without a fulltime contract, although his work ethic at training and standout play on the field resulted in the 24-year-old earning a place in the contracted squad.

"It's a fairytale story and it means a lot to be part of what we've achieved. It's pretty special," Robinson said.

"We've got a useful squad and have been able to retain a lot of the boys again, so we have some interesting times ahead."

Samo first played for the Reds in late 2010 to cover their mounting injury toll late in the season, when his performances in the final two matches were noticed and rewarded by McKenzie with a contract for this year.

Fijian-born Samo continued his stellar play throughout the course of this season and has been recalled into the Wallabies' squad, seven years after making his Test debut for Australia against Scotland.

"Winning a Super Rugby final is something you never forget and there are some exciting times ahead for the Reds," Samo said.

"It was good to be part of this season and the boys are looking forward to playing together again next year."

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