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Reds youngsters elect to stay at Ballymore
ESPN Staff
July 7, 2015
Queensland's Chris Feauai-Sautia makes a break, Queensland Reds v Western Force, Super Rugby, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, February 21, 2
Chris Feauai-Sautia is a powerful ball-runner © Getty Images

Queensland Reds have re-signed talented youngsters Chris Feauai-Sautia and Curtis Browning in some rare good news for the under-fire franchise.

The Reds revealed the re-signings shortly after confirming veteran back Ben Tapuai's departure to Western Force, with Feauai-Sautia locked away for a further two seasons and Browning the one.

Feauai-Sautia, who is capable at both wing and outside-centre, has battled injury in four seasons at Ballymore but looms as a key player in the Reds' future following the departures of Will Genia and Quade Cooper. Browning, a former Australia Under 20s captain, has proven himself to be a hard-working back-rower who will benefit from another season alongside former All Blacks forward Adam Thomson.

"At 21 years of age, these guys are still just youngsters and their best Rugby is ahead of them," Reds coach Richard Graham said. "The more they play and the more they learn, the better they will be.

"For Chris (Feauai-Sautia), the 2015 season has arguably been his best and that is largely due to overcoming the injuries that plagued his earlier years. He is explosive, big and physical and those are wonderful qualities to build on. Curtis had made some real progress this season until injury forced him out. He has deep ties to Queensland Rugby and he was always someone we wanted to keep in our program."

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