QUEENSLAND Reds players Jordan Petaia and Isaac Henry today kicked off a three day stay in Beaudesert with a spot of lunch with their host families at VK Everydays.
Part of the Reds to Regions program to connect with regional fans of rugby union, the players have a busy itinerary ahead of them.
Tonight the Beaudesert Warriors will host a barbecue with Tamborine Mountain and Yatala Clubs invited for a jersey swap and a mental health session with Reds' development officer Trent Machong at the Everdell Park clubhouse.
Petaia, who also plays for Australia, is no stranger to the Scenic Rim, having visited Beaudesert for the December 2019 Reds to Regions.
The 20-year-old was the youngest starter at the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the youngest Wallabies player at any Rugby World Cup.
HIs sporting career started with a very different code of football.
"I used to play soccer when I was little and we played at Boonah," he said.
Henry, who was also selected for the Australia U20s extended squad in 2019, will stay on farms with Ellen and Jim Logan at Gleneagle and Petaia with Trish and Lex Dunn at Kerry.
Both said they were looking forward to their stay, which will involve farm work experience and visits to other producers including Towri Sheep Cheeses and 4 Real Milk.