Super Rugby


9/14/2018

St.George Queensland Reds secure four key signatures for 2019 and beyond


The St.George Queensland Reds have continued to bolster their squad with a further four players recommitting to Ballymore.
 
Flying Fijian winger Filipo Daugunu has re-signed for two years, while Aidan Toua, Chris Feauai-Sautia and Alex Mafi have all secured their future at the Reds through 2019.
 
Reds head coach Brad Thorn said it was great to confirm all four players will remain in Queensland for next season - and for Daugunu through 2020.
 
“It’s been a good first year for Filipo. He knows he has plenty of development to go and it is exciting to think what he could achieve once he reaches his full potential,” said Thorn.
 
“He was pretty raw when he joined us, but he offers genuine pace and excitement in attack and he’s not afraid to get physical either. He will only get better the more he trains and works on his game.
 
“Aidan returned to Ballymore last year because he loves this place and wants to contribute to what we’re building here in Queensland. He’s an experienced player who came through the Queensland pathway as a youngster and understands the game well.
 
“I really like Chris’ approach to rugby. He’s a quiet achiever who leads through his actions more than his words and is a very humble member of our squad. Chris gives us options in the centres and on the wing and is a powerful ball runner with a solid defence.
 
“Every time Alex has been presented with an opportunity with the Queensland Reds he’s taken it with both hands. He’s impressed us with performances through our Queensland pathway and was a regular member of our Reds 23 last season. We expect his performances to keep on improving,” said Thorn.
 
Daugunu (23) sprung onto the local Rugby scene with Queensland Premier Rugby side Wests in 2017, before hitting the national spotlight as the leading try scorer in the National Rugby Championship that year, helping Bond University Queensland Country claim its first title. The Fijian speedster made his Super Rugby debut in the Reds’ first game of 2018 and went on to play 14 games in total, scoring six tries.
 
A product of the Queensland pathway, Toua’s (28) performance at schoolboy level for Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane saw him play for the Australian Schoolboys and Australian U20s sides, before he made his debut for the Reds in 2011. After a stint in Europe he returned to Australian rugby in 2016 and re-joined Queensland in 2018, featuring in 13 games for the Reds to take his overall Super Rugby tally to 53 caps.
 
Chris (24) returned playing for the Reds in the 2018 Super Rugby season after missing all of 2017 due to injury. A product of the Queensland Pathway with Australian Schoolboys and both Queensland and Australian U20’s, Chris holds the record as the equal most-capped Australian Schoolboy in history. He’s played 57 games for the Reds and scored 65 points (13T) since making his Queensland debut in 2012 and has also played two Tests for the Wallabies, both in 2013.
 
Alex (21) signed with the Reds as an 18-year-old after showing promise as a schoolboys player at St. Joseph’s Nudgee College. He was an integral member of Bond University Queensland Country championship-winning run in the NRC in 2017. He went on to make his Reds debut in the same year and has played 22 Super Rugby matches for the Reds.
 
Filipo Daugunu
Position: Wing
Height: 175cm
Weight: 91kg
DOB: 04/03/1995
POB: Labasa, Fiji
School: Labasa Sangam College, Fiji
Club: Wests
Representative honours: Fiji U20s (2015), Fiji Sevens Squad (2016), Queensland Country NRC (2017-), Queensland (2018-)
Queensland Representative Number: 1324
Super Rugby debut: 2018 v Melbourne Rebels, Melbourne
Super Rugby caps: 14
Super Rugby points: 37
 
Aidan Toua
Position: Outside back
Height: 183cm
Weight: 92kg
DOB: 19/01/1990
POB: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
School: Anglican Church Grammar School
Club: Easts
Representative honours: Queensland Schoolboys (2006-2007), Australian Schoolboys (2006-2007), Australian Sevens (2009), Australian Under 20s (2010)
Queensland Representative Number: 1245
Queensland/Super Rugby debut: 2011 v Western Force, Suncorp Stadium
Queensland caps: 23
Super Rugby caps: 53
 
Chris Feauai-Sautia
Position: Outside back
Height: 181cm
Weight: 101kg
Born: 17/11/1993
POB: Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Club: Souths
Junior Club: Souths
School: Brisbane State High School
Representative Honours: Australian Schoolboys (2009-2011), Queensland (2012-), Australian Under 20s (2012), Australian Wallabies (2013-), Queensland Country NRC (2015, 2017)
Queensland Representative Number: 1260
Queensland/Super Rugby debut: 2012 v Lions, Suncorp Stadium
Queensland caps: 57
Super Rugby caps: 57
Test caps: 2
 
Alex Mafi
Position: Hooker
Height: 177cm
Weight: 107kg
Born: 07/11/1996
Place of birth: Brisbane, QLD
Senior Club: Bond University
Junior Club: Sunnybank
School: St. Joseph’s Nudgee College
Representative Honours: Queensland Schoolboys (2012-2014), Australian Schoolboys (2013-2014), Queensland Country NRC (2015-), Queensland Under 20s (2016), Queensland (2017-)
Queensland Representative Number: 1314
Queensland/Super Rugby debut: 2017 v Brumbies, Canberra Stadium
Queensland caps: 22
Super Rugby caps: 22
 

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