Eagles stars' at risk in Australian floods disaster

AN INTERNATIONAL rugby league star due to move to South Yorkshire to start a career with the Sheffield Eagles has been caught up in the floods threatening Australia's third biggest city.

Samoan player Quentin Laulu-Togagae, along with his wife and young son, live in the suburb of Logan City about 25 miles from Brisbane.

People living in the area have been put on alert that they may have to evacuate at a moment's notice as the floodwater continues to rise.

Eagles' coach Mark Aston said: "I have been talking to Quentin and they are right in the flood-threatened area.

"It is pretty worrying for him and his family. They are still in their home at the moment but have been told they may have to leave.

"They have been told the big risk from the water rising will come today, and they must be ready to move."

Former Eagles' player Brendon Lindsay and his partner Symone, who moved back to Australia late last year, are also at risk from the floods.

The couple - who lived for nearly four years in Oughtibridge - also have a home in Logan City, and Lindsay plays rugby for a team based in the small city of Ipswich which has been badly hit by the floods.

Lindsay has sent a message to friends saying they are fine, adding: "We're okay but it's not so lucky for Ipswich. We are about 40 minutes away from it all."

Aston added: "We're naturally worried about Brendon and Symone. My wife has heard from Symone on Facebook and they are fine.

"We're thinking about them, and Quentin and his family, and hoping they will be okay."

The disruption caused by the floods is likely to further delay Laulu-Togagae's move with his family to Sheffield.

The utility back is still waiting to obtain his UK visa and is not expected in Sheffield until the end of February.

The Queenland flash floods have so far claimed the lives of 12 people with many more missing.

In Brisbane, home to two million people, 1,500 people are sheltering in emergency centres and more are expected to leave their homes as the city's river continues to rise.

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