Vunivalu nears Wallabies debut

Former Melbourne Storm NRL star Suliasi Vunivalu. Picture: STUFF SPORTS.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has hinted a debut Test cap for former Fiji Bati and NRL star Suliasi Vunivalu was close, reported.

And simply said he was “confident” the Queensland Reds winger would remain in Australian rugby beyond this season.

Vunivalu is off-contract after this season.

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

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

In the 35-man squad for the England series, Fijian duo and Japan-based players Marika Koroibete, Samu Kerevia and Brumbies hard man Rob Valetini were also named. Meanwhile, Reds and former Fiji schoolboy football player Filipo Daugunu was left out.

Wallabies squad:

Allan Alaalatoa, Tom Banks, Angus Bell, Quade Cooper, Pone Fa’amausili, Folau Fainga’a, Nick Frost, Jake Gordon, Michael Hooper (c), Jed Holloway, Len Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Rob Leota, Noah Lolesio, Lachlan Lonergan, Tate McDermott, Cadeyrn Neville, James O’Connor, Hunter Paisami, Izaia Perese, Jordan Petaia, Matt Philip, David Porecki, Pete Samu, Scott Sio, James Slipper, Darcy Swain, Taniela Tupou, Rob Valetini, Suliasi Vunivalu, Nic White, Harry Wilson, Tom Wright.

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