Duncan Paia'aua is a Samoan rugby union player of Australian origin who has played as a centre. He began his rugby career in Rockhampton, Australia, where he played junior league for Rockhampton Brothers. He played rugby in high school in Rockhampton and represented the Queensland Under 16 team on two occasions.
Initially, Paia'aua came through the Queensland Rugby Union's youth structures but later switched to rugby league and joined the Brisbane Broncos' under-20s team in the National Youth Competition.
However, in August 2014, he returned to rugby union and signed a two-year contract with the Queensland Reds ahead of the 2015 Super Rugby season. He made his debut for Queensland Country in the National Rugby Championship and played a significant role in leading them to victory in 2018 and finishing as runners-up in 2019, serving as the team captain.
Paia'aua made his Super Rugby debut for the Queensland Reds in round 1 of the 2015 season against the Brumbies. His versatility was evident as he played at various positions such as inside centre, fullback, and flyhalf during his time with the Reds.
In October 2017, he started for the Wallabies in a match against the Barbarians, where he scored 16 of the team's 31 points, showcasing his skills on the international stage.
Following his impressive performances, Paia'aua caught the attention of international recruiters, and he currently plays for RC Toulon in France. He primarily plays as a flyhalf or inside centre for Toulon. In February 2019, he signed a three-year deal with the club, continuing his professional rugby career in Europe.
Ahead of the World Rugby Cup 2023, Paia'aua has been named in the squad for Samoa.
|2019 - present|
|2022 - present|
|2015 - 2015|
|2014 - 2019|
|2015 - 2019|
|2017 - 2021|