Reds lock in NRC speedster

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by Beth Newman

The Reds have moved to lock in breakout NRC star Filipo Daugunu, along with centre Chris Feauai-Sautia, for 2018.

Daugunu is the leading tryscorer in the NRC this season, and scored an incredible four tries in Country's win over the Greater Sydney Rams last weekend.

The 22-year-old said he was realising a dream after moving to Australia and playing with Wests this season in the Queensland Premier Rugby.

“I moved to Australia with a dream of playing Super Rugby and I’m so excited to get this opportunity with the Reds," he said.

"I’ve had great experiences this year playing for Wests and working with Brad and Paul in Queensland Country. I can’t wait for pre-season,” he  said.

Feauai-Sautia's road has been a rocky one to this point, hampered by injuries through his six seasons with the Reds, but his NRC form has shown more of the potential that saw him propelled into the Wallabies fold in 2013.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time during the NRC and feel confident with the way I’ve been playing. I’m looking forward to the next Super Rugby season,” he  said.

Current Country and Reds coach Brad Thorn said he was looking forward to seeing what the duo would produce next season.

“Chris and Filipo have been great contributors to the Country cause this season,” he said.

“They’ve both worked hard to establish themselves in the starting side and haven’t had everything go their way, but they’ve taken their opportunities when presented them.

“It’s really pleasing to see Chris enjoying his rugby and thriving on the field. He had a serious setback with that knee injury last year and had a lot of work to put in before he could get back to his damaging best. Hopefully he’ll continue that strong form for the Reds next season.

“For Filipo, he moved to Australia with a goal of starting his journey as a professional footballer. He’s hungry to succeed and we’re excited to have him join the Reds next year.”