10/12/2019 – Rugby AU – Filipo Daugunu re-signs with Queensland Reds and Rugby Australia

Rugby Australia and the St.George Queensland Reds today confirmed the re-signing of electric winger, Filipo Daugunu for another four years. 

The long-term deal sees Daugunu commit to being at Ballymore until 2023 and within the next Rugby World Cup cycle. 

After bursting onto the Super Rugby scene in 2018, he scored six tries in his debut season and now boasts 21 caps for Queensland.

Queensland Reds winger, Filipo Daugunu said: "I'm very happy to stay at Queensland. 

“I've got a lot of good friends here. We've developed strong bonds together. We're a big family at the Reds and I want to be a part of future success here,” said Daugunu.

Rugby Australia Director of Rugby, Scott Johnson said: “This is a very good signing for the Queensland Reds and Rugby Australia. 

“Filipo is an exciting player with a big future. He has progressed through Queensland club Rugby and the NRC and has demonstrated his future potential representing the Queensland Reds."      

Daugunu moved to Australia from Fiji ahead of the 2017 Queensland Premier Rugby season to chase his dream of earning a professional Rugby contract.

In his first year at Wests he scored 11 tries in 13 games, as the Bulldogs secured their first finals appearance in 10 years. 

He then capped-off 2017 as the leading try-scorer in the National Rugby Championship (NRC), helping Bond University Queensland Country to its first title with a hat-trick against Canberra in the final.

His irresistible form in the NRC was rewarded with a Reds contract for the 2018 Super Rugby season and it wasn’t long before Daugunu showed Queensland fans his true potential after debuting for the Reds in Round 1 against the Rebels in Melbourne. 

He used the 2018 Super Rugby season as his own personal highlights reel – scoring a total of 37 points including six tries.

The following year his impact was limited to seven Super Rugby matches after breaking his arm against the Stormers in Round 8 and was consequently sidelined for six games during the 2019 season.

After living in Australia for the past three consecutive years, Daugunu became eligible last week to be selected for Australian teams. 

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