Saia Faingaa to earn his 50th cap for the Queensland Reds in Melbourne tonight.
Saia Faingaa to earn his 50th cap for the Queensland Reds in Melbourne tonight. Chris Hyde - Getty Images

50 up for Faingaa

IT'S been one hell of a journey for Saia Faingaa since moving to Brisbane three years ago to play for the Queensland Reds.

Coming from a tight-knight family, the move was tough emotionally because his parents, Cindy and Saia snr, stayed home in Queanbeyan.

But the talented hooker, who will earn his 50th cap against the Rebels at AAMI Park tonight, said he was proud to have stuck it out after a difficult beginning at the Reds.

"When I first came up, it was a life change and I had my doubts," the 25-year-old said.

Faingaa said he was delighted to bring up his milestone alongside twin brother Anthony, but there is a quandary - will the boys be able to run out of the tunnel together?

"We want to, but he won't be able to run out behind me because that is where the captain will run out," Saia laughed. "We've done a lot together ... he's my best mate, he's so driven and it drives me to get better."

After three straight wins, Saia said he believed the Reds has re-found the confidence that won them last year's Super Rugby title.


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