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Paenga-Amosa eyes Wallabies return after signing Super Rugby deal

By AAP
Brandon Paenga-Amosa of the Wallabies looks on during the warm-up before before the International Test Match between the Australian Wallabies and France at Suncorp Stadium on July 17, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)

Former Australia hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa is heading back to Super Rugby Pacific after signing a long-term deal with the Western Force.

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The 14-cap Wallaby will head home after three seasons in French rugby, where he won the Top 14 title in 2022 with Montpellier.

Set to arrive in Perth in June, Paenga-Amosa is the Force’s second big-name signing in as many weeks after they recruited veteran back Kurtley Beale.

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Paenga-Amosa said the chance to win back a Wallabies spot had inspired his return to Australia.

“I’m so keen to be back in Australia, it’s home,” he said.

“Returning to Australia and putting my hand up for the Wallabies again was a big attraction after three seasons in France with Montpellier.

“I’m big on culture both on and off the field, so adding to the culture that is already being established is one of the key focus points for me.”

Paenga-Amosa won’t join the Force until the end of the French season, meaning he won’t play SRP for the side until 2025.

But he will be eligible to be picked as a domestic player for the Wallabies’ next batch of internationals, which start with a match against Wales in Sydney on July 6.

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Australia’s hooker stocks at last year’s disastrous World Cup included Matt Faessler, David Porecki and Jordan Uelese.

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