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Daugunu Suspended For 5 Weeks

Originally from Labasa, he scored five tries in the Reds’ 57-5 drubbing of the Rebels in Gladstone, Brisbane last week.
24 Jan 2020 11:43
Daugunu Suspended For 5 Weeks

Fijian flyer and Reds winger Filipo Daugunu has been suspended for five weeks for a tip tackle in last week’s pre-season game against the Rebels.

Originally from Labasa, he scored five tries in the Reds’ 57-5 drubbing of the Rebels in Gladstone, Brisbane last week.

He will miss the team’s opening round on January 31 against the Brumbies in Canberra and the three next rounds against the Lions (South Africa), Jaguares (Argentina) and Sunwolves (Japan).

He will be available in the round five clash against the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium.

It could have been worse for the Queensland outfit though, with Daugunu receiving a 50 per cent reduction in the penalty due to his early guilty plea and remorse.

Daugunu appeared via video link before judicial officer Adam Casselden in Sydney on Wednesday.

He was judged to have committed a mid-range breach, an offence which carries a 10-week suspension.

But he received the full reduction available under World Rugby regulations, giving some relief to the Reds.

Daugunu signed a four-year contract extension with the Reds last year, with a top-up component from Rugby Australia after he met residency conditions that would allow him to qualify for the Wallabies.

The decision looked to be vindicated given his form early in the Gladstone match.

But his suspension will open the door for former Wallaby and Brumbies recruit Henry Speight and 2019 revelation Jock Campbell to nail down the starting spots for the Reds.

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