Vunivalu making waves with Queensland Reds
January 15, 2021 5:18 am
[Source: Queensland Reds/ Facebook]
Suliasi Vunivalu is already making waves with the Reds raiding on the wing at Ballymore instantly exciting Wallabies playmaker James O’Connor.
The Reds five-eighth has told the NRL title winner to “stay on his hip because he’ll feed the big winger”.
Cross-field bombs to exploit Vunivalu’s aerial prowess will also be a new addition to the Reds arsenal, complementing the power and speed that was already present in an exciting backline last season.
Vunivalu says the transition from league to rugby is an easy one for him and is looking forward to get the best he can off coach Brad Thorn.
The 25-year-old was a schoolboy rugby standout in New Zealand before he was pinched in 2014 to join Melbourne’s NRL development system.
In five seasons and 111 NRL games the flyer pocketed 86 tries and two premierships, while he also played in a grand final alongside potential Wallabies teammate Marika Koroibete in 2016.
They were reunited ahead of schedule when new Australia coach Dave Rennie invited Vunivalu in to Wallabies camp late last year, just weeks after his starring role in the Storm’s grand final win.
The winger said he paid close attention to Koroibete, who has emerged as one of the Wallabies’ most enterprising players in attack and defense.
Vunivalu’s first game for the Reds could come as soon as February 5 in a Super Rugby AU trial game against the NSW Waratahs.