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Queensland Reds fine Smith over Tokyo arrest

Smith was arrested in Japan on New Year's Eve for allegedly assaulting a taxi driver, detained for 18 days by Japanese authorities, with the Reds only learning of the incident when it was reported in the Japanese media well after the fact.

RUGBY.com.au understands the 37-year-old met with Reds CEO Richard Barker and other stakeholders upon his return to Brisbane last week, asked to explain how he landed himself in hot water on New Year's Eve.

Timu set to debut in Samoa

The former Brisbane Bronco was touted as a top back row talent upon signing with the Reds in April last year but a knee injury eliminated any chance he had of making his debut last year.

He has been a regular starter for the Magpies at blindside flanker and is now set to get his first crack at Super Rugby level in the country where his parents were born and raised - Samoa.

"The injury was a bit of a setback but I also see it as a bit of a blessing," he said.