Daugunu back in Red as he re-commits to Australian Rugby

Sat, Jun 29, 2024, 12:00 AM
Rugby Australia
by Rugby Australia
Filipo Daugunu will return to the Reds as part of his new contract with Australian Rugby. Photo: Getty Images
Filipo Daugunu will return to the Reds as part of his new contract with Australian Rugby. Photo: Getty Images

Rugby Australia and the Queensland Reds are pleased to announce utility back Filipo Daugunu has signed a one-year deal to return to Brisbane.

The 29-year-old played 69 Super Rugby games during his six previous seasons (2018-23) at the Reds before a strong 2024 stint of 12 games for the Melbourne Rebels.

The popular Daugunu burst onto the scene in 2017 after arriving from his homeland of Fiji.

He carried his speed and try-scoring for the Wests club in Brisbane into the National Rugby Championship for Queensland Country, crossing for a hat-trick of tries in their 42-28 win over Canberra Vikings in the grand final of the 2017 season.

Daugunu scored 22 tries for the Reds in six seasons and made his Test debut against New Zealand in Wellington, having since gone on to represent the Wallaby gold on seven occasions.

Wallabies and Queensland Reds back Filipo Daugunu said: “Queensland is home for me. It’s where it all started. For me to come back, I’m honoured to be here. There will be a lot of familiar faces. I’m happy.”

“For me, it was a good change to go to Melbourne. I played a lot at outside centre and enjoyed the defensive role where you read the play by connecting with your inside centre and the winger on the outside.”

Rugby Australia Director of High-Performance Peter Horne said: “It’s great to have Filipo re-commit to Australian Rugby.”

“He’s a versatile player with an impressive skillset who will continue to add plenty of value to both the Wallabies and the Reds.”

Queensland Reds head coach Les Kiss said: “It’s fantastic that Filipo has returned to Queensland. He’s much respected and we’re really pleased he has chosen to come home.”

“He gives us great cover in the midfield and outside backs.”

Filipo Daugunu

Position: Outside centre/Outside back

Height: 181cm

Weight: 98kg

Born: 4 March, 1995

Place of birth: Labasa, Fiji

Test debut: 2020 v New Zealand in Wellington

Test caps: 7

Super Rugby debut: 2018 v Melbourne Rebels in Melbourne (playing for the Queensland Reds)

Super Rugby caps: 12 (Melbourne Rebels); 69 (Queensland Reds)

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