Daugunu’s round-ball expertise to assist Wallabies

Jenna Harris October 9, 2020 4 No Comments

Daugunu’s round-ball skills to help Wallabies

Filipo Daugunu has already confirmed his tempo and energy however Wallabies coach Dave Rennie says the Fijian flyer also can deliver a kicking sport to the opening Bledisloe Cup Test in Wellington on Sunday.

Daugunu has been named to make his Wallabies debut after a break-out season for Queensland, becoming a member of countryman and reigning John Eales Medalist winner Marika Koroibete on the wings.

With six tries, the 25-year-old was the main attempt scorer in Super Rugby AU, and led the competitors in runs, run metres, sort out busts, offloads and had the equal most line breaks.

Rennie mentioned his type couldn’t be ignored.

“I thought he was just outstanding for the Reds,” the coach mentioned of Daugunu.

“A real handful – he can beat people in a phone box and really aggressive defensively, great post-tackle so a really good skill set.”

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But Rennie mentioned that Daugunu had a hidden expertise along with his historical past as a soccer goalkeeper which means he provided the Wallabies worth along with his boot.

Daugunu represented Fiji in under-age soccer groups earlier than his shift to Australia.

“Filipo is actually a very good kicker of the ball and you probably haven’t seen him kick a lot but he is from a football background so a really natural striker of the ball,” Rennie mentioned.

“We must have quite a lot of guys who can kick to form the defence.

“Obviously Matt To’omua has a strong kicking game, we’ve got that with Tom (Banks) and Hunter (Paisami) has a strong kicking game and we’ve been working hard on our wingers to do the same.”

Playing on Koroibete a handful of occasions prior to now two years, Daugunu mentioned he solely received to know him when correctly after they shared a room in Wallabies camp.

He tried to comply with the Melbourne Rebels veteran’s lead, which has in the end paid off along with his first Test choice.

“First time I arrived (in Wallabies camp), I was very scared, and even Marika, I didn’t really know him well,” Daugunu mentioned.

“Training with him is completely different, he trains the best way he performs so I’ve tried to comply with him as a result of he’s sooner than me, he’s stronger.


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