October 20, 2017
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Reds sign impressive Fijian youngster

Queensland Reds have bolstered their backline for the 2018 Super Rugby season by signing National Rugby Championship's leading try-scorer Filipo Daugunu.

The 22-year-old Macuata native from Fiji who is a former Labasa and national age-group player has scored 10 tries this season for Queensland Country, the side coached by recently-appointed Reds boss Brad Thorn.

Daugunu moved to Brisbane this year to play club rugby and quickly caught the attention of Queensland talent scouts.

"(He's) just a highly-talented young man," Thorn told reporters on Thursday.

"He does some special things out there.

"There's no substitute for speed and he's just a natural footballer.

"You'd like to think having him in the (Reds) program, he's just going to flourish.

"He can kick goals, like a lot of Fijians - they're multi-talented. He's good in a ruck situation, he's a physical guy.

"It's great to have him on board and good reward for him. He's backed himself, come here, played club footy and got picked up.

"And he's a wonderful young man too,” he added.

Daugunu played as a goalkeeper in the round-ball game but gave it up in 2015 to pursue a career in rugby and has also spent time in Fiji's sevens program after impressing the then head coach Ben Ryan with his speed and dazzling skills whist playing for Wardens in the domestic competition.

Meanwhile the Reds have re-signed utility back Chris Feauai-Sautia for a seventh season.

Feauai-Sautia, 23, has hit good form in the NRC for Country after recovering from a season-long knee injury.

By Reginald Chandar


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