Reds hooker Saia Faingaa is set to win his 50th Super Rugby cap for the Reds on Friday when the team recommences their Super Rugby campaign against the Rebels in Melbourne.
The talented hooker has been an integral member in the Reds meteoric rise to championship glory after initially moving from Canberra and the Brumbies to join the Reds in 2009.
Faingaa has enjoyed tremendous success since crossing the border alongside twin brother Anthony with the 25-year-old playing in all 18 matches during the Reds 2011 title-winning campaign while also becoming a Wallabies regular, highlighted by his selection in Australia's 30-man World Cup squad last season.
The Queanbeyan-born talent now has 16 Wallaby caps to his name while he has featured in 76 Super Rugby matches, including 27 games for the Brumbies.
Faingaa made his milestone 50th Super Rugby appearance against his former club the Brumbies during 2010 in Canberra in what was a memorable evening for the Faingaa family with twins Saia and Anthony going head-to-head with younger brother Colby for the first time.
Injury limited Faingaa's start to 2012, where he featured in only three of the Reds opening nine games, however he has since regained full fitness to earn selection in the team's four most recent matches leading into the month-long June Test break.
This followed an earlier announcement that twins Saia and Anthony had recommitted to Queensland Rugby and the Reds through until the end of 2013.
"It's very humbling to reach the 50-game milestone for Queensland and to have been part of the Reds revival over the past few years," Faingaa said.
"We've developed a great culture here and I'm excited to see what this playing group can accomplish together, both this season and beyond.
"I said when I re-signed that there is still a lot more I want to achieve in Australia and the Reds are undoubtedly the best place for both myself and Anthony to accomplish our goals. This hasn't changed and to reach 50 games is made even more special in that I'll get to share the experience alongside Anthony and will have him out on the field on Friday night.
"The Rebels is an important game for us and the guys are excited to kick things off once again as we make our push towards finals."
In addition to their Rugby prowess, the Faingaa twins are two of the Reds biggest drawcards amongst fans and are both role models and hugely popular figures within the Rugby community.
They are also National Breast Cancer Foundation Ambassadors where they have taken an active role in raising awareness and funds for breast cancer to assist with research in early prevention and finding a cure for the disease.
Faingaa made his debut for the Reds against the Bulls in Pretoria during 2009 while his Super Rugby debut came for the Brumbies against the Stormers in 2006. He has also earned 16 Wallaby caps since his debut in 2010 against Fiji in Canberra.
Meanwhile, veteran lock Adam Wallace-Harrison has been confirmed as the team's interim vice-captain for the remainder of the regular season with scrumhalf Will Genia to take on the main leadership role following the season-ending hamstring injury to regular skipper James Horwill.
Wallace-Harrison, 32, has played a crucial role for the Reds since returning to Queensland for his second stint in 2011 with his lineout ability and experience allowing the two-metre lock to be a major game-changer in big matches.