13 July, 2017, 12:00 am
NATIONAL Rugby League (NRL) find of the year, Suliasi Vunivalu had his best wish granted here at home yesterday.
He revealed that he wanted to play for the Vodafone Fiji Bati in the Rugby League World Cup in Australia.
It starts in October.
“If given the chance to represent Fiji in the Rugby League World Cup, I will do my best for the country,” he said while on a promotional assignment with sports apparel manufacturer and distributor BLK in Suva yesterday.
And the Melbourne Storm winger’s wish was immediately granted.
“His chance of getting in is 100 per cent,” Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) chief executive officer Timoci Naleba said.
“Vunivalu is the type of player that every coach would want in the team. He has the talent and the skills a coach would dream of and a player such as Vunivalu is just all quality.
“Vunivalu has not only proven himself for the Vodafone Fiji Bati earlier this year, but in the NRL too.
“He is rubbing shoulders with some of the best in the game and also being the top try scorer. So far he has been in form, so yes, he is in.”
Vunivalu is spending a few days in Fiji before returning to Australia next Monday.
“We have a very strong bond among players and to play alongside fellow Fijians representing our country is just an awesome feeling that I cannot describe,” he said.
Fiji plays USA on October 28 at Townsville, Australia, November 5 against Wales and November 10 versus Italy in Canberra in the RLWC.