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Australia team news, Brandon Paenga-Amosa weight issues, Dave Rennie, Queensland Reds, Montpellier, French Top 14

Brandon Paenga-Amosa was given one message at the conclusion of last year’s Rugby Championship: maintain your weight.

He did not.

The 115kg hooker, who started in the final five Tests of the year, ballooned out to 122kg only a fortnight after the Wallabies’ final Test against Argentina.

Having got married, “BPA”, a garbage man who was spotted playing Sydney club rugby before being offered a chance by Brad Thorn to join the Queensland Reds, decided to take it easy, happy to ride off to the sunset after signing a contract to join Montpellier in the French Top 14.

“Maybe it’s me being not as professional as I can and should be,” said the Wallabies hooker who is set to start against France next Wednesday in Brisbane.

“Essentially it came down to attitude. A bit of me was I had agreed to go to France and I thought now I can kick up the feet and relax and I can afford to put on…

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