Albert Anae

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Albert Anae
Date of birth (1989-06-21) 21 June 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Wellington, New Zealand
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight 117 kg (18 st 6 lb)
School Ipswich Grammar School
Spouse Tegan Anae
Rugby union career
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 Sunnybank ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Canberra Vikings
Mitsubishi Dynaboars
Correct as of 3 November 2015
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 Bay of Plenty 6 ((0))
Correct as of 21 October 2013
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 22 July 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Australia U-20
Australia U-19
Australian Schoolboys

Albert Anae (born 21 June 1989) is a rugby union footballer who plays professionally for the Mitsubishi Dynaboars in the Japanese Top League (East). He usually plays as a prop or hooker. Anae has previously played for the Queensland Reds,[2] and Italian club Treviso.

Early life[edit]

Of Samoan heritage, Anae was born in Wellington, New Zealand, where he was introduced to rugby at the Upper Hutt Rugby Football Club by his father Sio. He moved to Brisbane with his family at a young age.[3]

Anae attended Ipswich Grammar School and was selected to represent Queensland at the Australian Schools Rugby Championships as a prop in 2006.[4] He went on to play for Australian Schools, U19s and U20s.[1]

Anae was selected to join the Queensland Reds Development tour of Ireland and France at the end of 2007. He made his Australian under-20 debut in 2008 at the inaugural IRB Junior World Championship in Wales.[1]

Rugby career[edit]

Anae played his first Super Rugby match for the Reds against the Hurricanes in Wellington in 2011, the year that the Reds won the Super Rugby Championship. Later that season he played for Sunnybank in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition, defeating Brothers in the grand final.[2]

In 2012, Anae was selected in the Reds Extended Player Squad (EPS), and developed his skills to be capable of playing all three front-row positions. Following injuries to Saia Faingaa and James Hanson, he was selected at hooker against the Western Force at Suncorp Stadium in round two.[5] The Reds won the game 35–20 with Anae excelling when given the opportunity. He finished the season with five caps.[2]

In 2013, after signing a full-time contract, Anae earned a further eleven caps with the Reds.[1] He travelled to New Zealand in August of that year to play for Bay of Plenty in the ITM Cup when he was called up to the Wallabies squad to replace the injured Tatafu Polota-Nau.[3]

Albert played the final game of his Qld Reds career at the conclusion of the 2014 Super 15 regular season. He played for the Treviso club in Italy for a season before returning to Australia in 2015 to play for the Canberra Vikings and Brumbies. He did not make any appearances for the Brumbies and was released during the 2016 Super Rugby season to join Japanese team Mitsubishi Dynaboars.[6]

Reference list[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Wallabies Player Profile". Australian Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Albert Anae Player Profile". QLD Reds. Archived from the original on 14 August 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Dream come true for Anae in Wallabies camp". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax. 8 August 2013. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "2006 Representative Teams". Queensland Rugby Football Schools Union. Archived from the original on 28 August 2006. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Morton, Jim (27 February 2012). "Anae in line for surprise Reds start". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Anae Granted Release" (Press release). Brumbies. 29 June 2016. Archived from the original on 29 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 

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