BEAUDESERT rugby fans had an early Christmas present when Jordan Petaia and Chris Feauai-Sautia from the Queensland Reds.
The players arrived on December 16 and stayed overnight at Scenic Rim farms - Feauai-Sautia with Ellen and Jim Logan at Gleneagle and Petaia with Trish and Lex Dunn at Kerry.
Queensland Reds spokesman, Kris Burton accompanied the players to a barbecue the next day hosted by the Beaudesert Warriors.
Mr Burton said the visit was part of the Reds to Regions tour that had seen members of the Reds squad touring regional towns.
The tour started in the first week of pre-season training and sent several Queensland Reds team members, including head coach Brad Thorn and assistants Jim McKay, Peter Ryan and Cameron Lillicrap, to 22 regional areas.
"We now have Wallabies players who are coming back to training a bit later because of their commitments to the recent World Cup," Mr Burton said.
Feauai-Sautia, was recruited to the Queensland Reds straight out of high school and has played eight seasons, said the Scenic Rim visit showed him how tough local farmers are doing it with the prolonged drought.
"I have had a great time here and I would really love to come back some time and help out if I can," he said.
"I met some chickens and a couple of bulls and I got to see the robotic dairy in Tamrookum, which was really amazing."
Nineteen-year-old Petaia, who also plays for Australia, was the youngest starter at the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the youngest Wallabies player at any Rugby World Cup. He said the visit had featured his first ever experience of farm life but was not his first time in the Scenic Rim region.
"I used to play soccer when I was little and we played at Boonah," he said. "But this was the first time I had a go at milking a cow and it was cool seeing how it's done, even though I had to get up at 4am."
Host farmer Jim Logan said it had been a pleasure to spend time with the rugby legends.
"Chris was interested and genuinely amazed at the intensive farming operations he was able to observe," he said. "This included the rearing of meat chickens here and the cows coming in by themselves at the 4Real Milk robotic dairy. We enjoyed his company over the two days. On the last day he joined us for an early morning swim at the Beaudesert pool and a gym session at Freedom Health and Fitness."
On December 17 Petaia and Feauai-Sautia met with excited fans at Beaudesert Rugby Union Club at Everdell Park in Gleneagle for a barbecue dinner.
Both took time out to kick the footy around the field with local children and paused for a jersey swap with Warriors coach Brent Kohlhagen.