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Why Vunivalu? Rennie Explains

In a shock move, Australian Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie, has included Fijian-born Queensland Reds flyer, Suliasi Vunivalu, in his 34-member squad for the July Test matches against England.
13 Jun 2022 16:00
Why Vunivalu? Rennie Explains
Fijian-born Queensland Reds flyer, Suliasi Vunivalu, has been included in the Australian squad for the July Test matches against England.

In a shock move, Australian Walla­bies head coach Dave Rennie, has in­cluded Fijian-born Queensland Reds flyer, Suliasi Vunivalu, in his 34-member squad for the July Test matches against England.

This was after Vunivalu missed a good part of the Super Rugby Pacific competi­tion due to injury and also he is now off contract with the Reds.

However, during the team announcement yesterday Rennie hinted that Vunivalu, a former NRL star winger, was close to his Test debut.

“We’ve picked him (Vunivalu) because of his massive potential and we think he can accelerate development inside the camp,” Rennie said.

“He’s had his troubles with injury- we’ve seen glimpses of real quality – we are just keen to get our hands on him.”

The former Chiefs coach said he was ‘confident’ the off-contract winger would remain in Australian rugby beyond this season. Vunivalu was among the four Fi­jian players in the Wallabies squad.

Rennie used the Giteau Law to bring in Japan-based Marika Koroibete, Samu Ker­evi along with Quade Cooper.

The other Fijian member is Brumb­ies No.8 Rob Valetini who was one of the starts in their 20-19 loss to Blues in the Su­per Rugby semifinal at Eden Park, Auck­land, on Saturday night.

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