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Melbourne storm winger marika koroibete poised to join melbourne rebels Marika Koroibete could team up with fellow Fijians Tevita Kuridrani and Henry Speight for Wallabies in 2017 and for the
13 May 2016 13:03
Switch Gain For Union, Aussie
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Melbourne storm winger marika koroibete poised to join melbourne rebels

Marika Koroibete could team up with fellow Fijians Tevita Kuridrani and Henry Speight for Wallabies in 2017 and for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

And this an important purchase for rugby and a loss to the Fijian National Rugby League who have already lost Semi Radradra to Australia for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup

The Australian Rugby Union offered a lucrative multi –year contract which the Melbourne Storm could not match.

The high flying Fijian and Storm cult hero expected switch is all but done.

The Rebels are confident a deal will be inked, with an announcement expected to be made next week.

“I haven’t had any confirmation this morning, but that is certainly ongoing,” Rebels coach Tony McGahan said of Koroibete yesterday.

“We’d be hopeful of something being sorted sooner than later.”

Storm was blindsided by the poaching attempt which was fully supported Wallaby head coach Michael Cheika who is fan of the Fijian try-scoring machine.

It is not the first time Storm has been raided by the 15-man game, with winger Matt Duffie leaving the club at the end of last year to join Auckland Blues.

Last month, Storm coach Craig Bellamy said the loss of Koroibete would be bad for rugby league.

“He is obviously a class player so a lot of clubs would like to have him,” Bellamy said.

“We’d really like to hang on to him as he has obviously been a wonderful contributor to our team since he’s been here and he is probably one of the crowd favourites here with how he plays.

“We’re certainly very keen to hold on to him.”

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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