Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has moved to assure the rugby playing future of Melbourne Storm and Fiji winger Suliasi Vunivalu, according the Sydney Morning Herald.
Vunivalu, 24, has signed on to switch codes next season, following his prolific try-scoring career in rugby league.
However, Vunivalu’s upcoming switch had been thrown into uncertainty due to the impacts of Covid-19.
“If my contract is still
there then I’m happy to go on with it but if not then we’ll see where we
go from there,” Vunivalu said last week.
“My kids and family are
all here in Melbourne so this is where I want to stay. I love the city
and especially the club so if they still want me here then I’d want to
With the Wallabies’ Kiwi
coach currently quarantining in New Zealand, a phone call from Rennie to
Vunivalu appears to have kept the wheels in motion for the Fijian
flyer’s return to rugby union.
His signing with Rugby
Australia would signify that Vunivalu intends to change his
international allegiance from Fiji to Australia, having represented the
Pacific nation in rugby league.
Vunivalu was a breakout
star in the 15-man-code during his time as a schoolboy, playing for
Auckland’s Saint Kentigern College’s 1st XV.
In 96 matches for the
Melbourne Storm in the NRL, Vunivalu has scored 76 tries – an average of
one per 101 minutes. At Test level, Vunivalu has 12 tries in eight
matches for Fiji Bati.
That sensational strike rate had seen Vunivalu pen a $1.92m deal with Rugby Australia and the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby, coming into place after the current NRL season.