After completing a much anticipated comeback for the Queensland Reds. Suliasi Vunivalu is poised to give up big money for NRL expansion club Dolphins in pursuit of a Wallabies World Cup berth. The star winger has been sidelined for nearly a year, requiring two rounds of hamstring surgeries. Rugby World Cup Fans can buy Rugby World Cup 2023 Tickets from our website.
But Queensland’s 4-point win over Melbourne in Super Rugby Pacific at AAMI Park on Friday night. After 50 minutes, Vunivalu showed his skills in the first half. Sending Reds ally Hunter Paisami to the sidelines with a deft backhand pass.
Having played just seven games in two seasons. Vunivalu is happy to have a few injury-free minutes on the pitch after such a huge success with the Storm.
“It’s been a long and frustrating process, so it’s great to be playing again. I’ve played so many games here, so I’m happy to be home.”
Despite his passion for rugby league, with his former Melbourne Storm teammates Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Christian Welch and Tui Kamikamica in the AAMI Park stand. Vunivalu said next year’s Rugby World Cup in France was still the target.
Outside of his contract with the Reds. He has been linked with Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins, who will be in the NRL next year.
“Yes, I would really like to play in the Rugby World Cup,” said Vunivalu.
“It’s the last year of my agreement, so I just want to focus on playing good football.
“There are rumors (about the league) – I’m not sure if my manager hasn’t told me. But I just want to get back in the game and let my football do the talking.”
Vunivalu has been featured in several Wallabies training camps in the three-game Test series against England in July. But was never able to push the roster due to injury.
While his roots in the competition are deep. His Queensland teammates and Coach Brad Thorn have also expressed their love for the 26-year-old.
After the match, James O’Connor defined Vunivalu as a “weapon.”
Thorn was pleased to see his staffs finally take action.
“He’s just a really nice guy,” Thorn said of Vunivalu.
“The instruction of the game is to go out and enjoy your rugby. I didn’t ask to see anything but he enjoyed it and he did so we’ll start from here.”