Twist in $7000 saga after Wallaby refused to play

Twist in $7000 saga after Wallaby refused to play

Rebels star Filipo Daugunu will miss a second straight Super Rugby Pacific game as a dispute over $7000 of relocation costs continues to rumble on.

Daugunu missed last week’s 53-26 loss to the Reds for “personal reasons” and the former Wallabies winger was also absent for Monday’s training session in Melbourne.

Read on for all the latest round five team news.

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HURRICANES vs REBELS in Palmerston North, Friday 5.05pm kickoff AEDT

Filipo Daugunu is missing from the Rebels team sheet for Friday’s clash with the competition leading Hurricanes in Palmerston North.

The 29-year-old moved from Brisbane to Melbourne in the offseason and is seeking reimbursement for $7000 of travel costs.

The cash strapped Rebels are now run by Rugby Australia after entering voluntary administration in January.

Daugunu returned to training on Tuesday but that was not enough to earn a spot on the plane to Wellington.

“Obviously Lipo pulled out for personal reasons, that’s what we have been told,” Rebels captain Rob Leota told reporters.

“And also we know he has been receiving a lot of support. For us, we just have to keep going on. It was good to have him back today (Tuesday) within our training… it was really good having him back and seeing him smile and happy around the group.”

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have been bolstered by the return of captain Brad Shields and All Blacks midfielder Jordie Barrett.

“We’ve had to make some changes because some of the boys have got some niggles,” Hurricanes coach Clark Laidlaw said.

“We also want to let the boys who haven’t had a game this year find their feet. It’s also really good to have Brad back. We’ve certainly been in and out with some of our loose forwards with injuries, but he’s itching to get started after training fully now for a couple of weeks. He not only provides a strong running and defensive game but exceptional leadership as well.”

HURRICANES (15-1): Harry Godfrey, Daniel Sinkinson, Ngane Punivai, Jordie Barrett, Salesi Rayasi, Aidan Morgan, TJ Perenara, Devan Flanders, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Brad Shields (c), Caleb Delany, Justin Sangster, Tyrel Lomax, James O’Reilly, Pouri Rakete-Stones

Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Tevita Mafileo, Pasilio Tosi, James Tucker, Brayden Iose, Richard Judd, Riley Higgins, Josh Moorby

REBELS (15-1): Andrew Kellaway, Lachie Anderson, Lukas Ripley, David Feliuai, Glen Vaihi, Carter Gordon, Ryan Louwrens, Rob Leota (c), Vaiolini Ekuasi, Tuaina Taii Tualima, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Angelo Smith, Sam Talakai, Jordan Uelese, Isaac Kailea

Reserves: Alex Mafi, Cabous Eloff, Taniela Tupou, Josh Canham, Daniel Maiava, Jack Maunder, Mason Gordon, Nick Jooste

Referee: Nic Berry

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BRUMBIES vs MOANA PASIFIKA in Canberra, Friday 7.35pm kickoff AEDT

The Brumbies will be without three key players when they host Moana Pasifika in round five.

Backs Len Ikitau and Andy Muirhead both picked up knee injuries in last week’s win over the Highlanders while prop Blake Schoupp – who played at last year’s Rugby World Cup – has a shoulder problem.

“Andy Muirhead…. most likely out for a couple of weeks,” Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said.

“Len Ikitau, also with a knee, is probably slightly worse than Andy.”

Lock Darcy Swain will captain the Brumbies for the first time with regular skipper Ryan Lonergan named on the bench.

BRUMBIES (15-1): Tom Wright, Ollie Sapsford, Hudson Creighton, Tamati Tua, Corey Toole, Noah Lolesio, Harrison Goddard, Charlie Cale, Jahrome Brown, Rob Valetini, Cadeyrn Neville, Darcy Swain (c), Sefo Kautai, Billy Pollard, Harry Vella

Reserves: Lachlan Lonergan, James Slipper, Rhys van Nek, Nick Frost, Tom Hooper, Luke Reimer, Ryan Lonergan, Declan Meredith

MOANA (15-1): Danny Toala, Nigel Ah Wong, Pepesana Patafilo, D’Angelo Leuila, Kyren Taumoefolau, Christian Lealiifano, Ereatara Enari, Lotu Inisi, Sione Havili Talitui (c), Jacob Norris, Allan Craig, Ola Tauelangi, Sione Mafileo, Samiuela Moli, Abraham Pole

Reserves: Tomasi Maka, Sateki Latu, Sekope Kepu, Michael Curry, Semisi Paea, Melani Matavao, William Havili, Fine Inisi

Referee: Jordan Way

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FIJIAN DRUA vs WARATAHS in Lautoka, Saturday 12.05pm kickoff AEDT

Waratahs fullback Max Jorgensen has returned to the starting side after missing the loss to the Blues with a hip injury.

Jorgensen’s return pushes Mark Nawaqanitawase back to the wing and Triston Reilly to the bench.

“We’re really excited to play the Drua in Fiji for the first time,” Waratahs captain Jake Gordon said.

“It’s going to be a hostile crowd. The heat will be a factor, but both teams are going to feel the heat. The risk over there is when the ball gets a little bit wetter, we don’t get looser with it too.

“We’ve got to have a smart kicking game. Go to set piece. Trying not to play like the Drua in Fiji is really important for us this week.”

DRUA (15-1): Ilaisa Droasese, Selestino Ravutaumada, Iosefo Masi, Apisalome Vota, Taniela Rakuro, Isaiah Armstrong-Ravula, Simione Kuruvoli, Meli Derenalagi (c), Vilive Miramira, Etonia Waqa, Leone Rotuisolia, Mesake Vocevoce, Mesake Doge, Tevita Ikanivere, Haereiti Hetet

Reserves: Zuriel Togiatama, Emosi Tuqiri, Samuela Tawake, Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, Kitione Salawa, Peni Matawalu, Kemu Valetini, Epeli Momo

WARATAHS (15-1): Max Jorgensen, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Izaia Perese, Joey Walton, Dylan Pietsch, Tane Edmed, Jake Gordon (c), Langi Gleeson, Charlie Gamble, Ned Hanigan, Fergus Lee-Warner, Jed Holloway, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Mahe Vailanu, Angus Bell

Reserves: Julian Heaven, Hayden Thompson-Stringer, Tom Ross, Miles Amatosero, Hugh Sinclair, Lachlan Swinton, Jack Grant, Triston Reilly

Referee: James Doleman

CHIEFS vs HIGHLANDERS in Hamilton, Saturday 2.35pm kickoff AEDT

The Chiefs welcome back All Blacks winger Emoni Narawa from a six month back injury that ruled him out of last year’s Rugby World Cup.

“Delighted to see Emoni returning for his first run of the season off the bench,” Chiefs coach Clayton McMillan said.

“He has been through a bit with his injury, but he’s worked hard to overcome that and is looking back to his cheeky elusive self.”

CHIEFS (15-1): Shaun Stevenson, Daniel Rona, Rameka Poihipi, Quinn Tupaea, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Damian McKenzie, Cortez Ratima, Luke Jacobson (c), Kaylum Boshier, Samipeni Finau, Tupou Vaa’i, Josh Lord, Reuben O’Neill, Bradley Slater, Jared Proffit

Reserves: Tyrone Thompson, Aidan Ross, George Dyer, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Wallace Sititi, Xavier Roe, Josh Ioane, Emoni Narawa

HIGHLANDERS (15-1): Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens, Timoci Tavatavanawai, Tanielu Tele’a, Sam Gilbert, Jona Nareki, Rhys Patchell, Folau Fakatava, Tom Sanders, Billy Harmon (c), Sean Withy, Pari Pari Parkinson, Fabian Holland, Saula Ma’u, Henry Bell, Ayden Johnstone

Reserves: Jack Taylor, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Jermaine Ainsley, Oliver Haig, Nikora Broughton, James Arscott, Ajay Faleafaga, Connor Garden-Bachop

Referee: Paul Williams

BLUES vs CRUSADERS in Auckland, Saturday 5.05pm kickoff AEDT

The winless Crusaders have been hit by yet another setback with the loss of experienced prop Owen Franks to suspension.

Franks, who has played 108 Tests for the All Blacks, copped a two week ban for his dangerous cleanout of Hurricanes lock Justin Sangster on Saturday.

Franks was yellow carded in Christchurch after Sangster scored what proved to be the match winning try.

“Owie is a big beast of a man, steaming in to do a job at the breakdown, and he’s (Sangster) popped his head up,” Crusaders coach Rob Penney argued.

“It’s like an oil tanker, you can’t turn him around in a second.”

Meanwhile, the Blues welcome back captain Patrick Tuipulotu after seven weeks off with a dislocated jaw.

It will be the lock’s 100th game for the club.

“To come back after an injury layoff and be able to launch straight into the Crusaders is awesome,” Tuipulotu said.

“It’s going to be physical, it’s going to be tough and we know they’re coming to Eden Park to spoil the party.”

BLUES (15-1): Zarn Sullivan, Mark Telea, AJ Lam, Bryce Heem, Caleb Clarke, Stephen Perofeta, Finlay Christie, Hoskins Sotutu, Dalton Papalii, Akira Ioane, Laghlan McWhannell, Patrick Tuipulotu (c), Angus Ta’avao, Ricky Riccitelli, Ofa Tu’ungafasi

Reserves: Kurt Eklund, Joshua Fusitu’a, Marcel Renata, Josh Beehre, Adrian Choat, Taufa Funaki, Harry Plummer, Cole Forbes

CRUSADERS (15-1): Chay Fihaki, Sevu Reece, Levi Aumua, David Havili (c), Macca Springer, Riley Hohepa, Willi Heinz, Cullen Grace, Tom Christie, Dominic Gardiner, Jamie Hannah, Quinten Strange, Fletcher Newell, George Bell, George Bower

Reserves: Ioane Moananu, Joe Moody, Seb Calder, Tahlor Cahill, Corey Kellow, Noah Hotham, Ryan Crotty, Dallas McLeod

Referee: Ben O’Keeffe

FORCE vs REDS in Perth, Saturday 7.35pm kickoff AEDT

Reds centre Isaac Henry has been ruled out for the remainder of the Super Rugby season after rupturing his patella tendon in last week’s win over the Rebels.

“This has been some of the most enjoyable rugby I’ve been involved in for a long time so there’s double disappointment to miss out on what is still ahead for the Reds,” Henry said.

Henry has been replaced at No.12 by Hunter Paisami.

“Before being sidelined, Hunter was in top form with his consistently solid performances. He is a plus for us,” Reds coach Les Kiss said.

Meanwhile, the Force have been bolstered by the returns from injury of Nic White and Sam Spink.

FORCE (15-1): Harry Potter, Bayley Kuenzle, Sam Spink, Hamish Stewart, Chase Tiatia, Ben Donaldson, Nic White, Will Harris, Carlo Tizzano, Tim Anstee, Jeremy Williams (c), Tom Franklin, Santiago Medrano, Tom Horton, Ryan Coxon

Reserves: Ben Funnell, Josh Bartlett, Tiaan Tauakipulu, Lopeti Faifua, Reed Prinsep, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Max Burey, George Poolman

REDS (15-1): Jock Campbell, Suliasi Vunivalu, Josh Flook, Hunter Paisami, Mac Grealy, Tom Lynagh, Tate McDermott (co-c), Harry Wilson, Fraser McReight, Liam Wright (co-c), Ryan Smith, Seru Uru, Zane Nonggorr, Matt Faessler, Peni Ravai

Reserves: Josh Nasser, George Blake, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Cormac Daly, John Bryant, Kalani Thomas, Harry McLaughlin-Phillips, Taj Annan

Referee: Damon Murphy

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