September 27, 2022
Wallabies Head Coach Dave Rennie says Fiji-born Reds winger Suliasi Vunivalu needs to convince them with his speed and fitness for a spot in their northern hemisphere tour team.
The try-scoring machine has so far lived only five minutes in a Wallabies shirt to his name while he has parked in the garage, showing the difficulty in switching from NRL stardom to union regulars.
"He needs to convince us at training around high speed and repeat speed," he said.
"He's certainly got some attributes that we know he'd excel at this level, but it's the whole package."
Vunivalu has spent two seasons with Queensland Reds chasing his Wallabies dream after winning two premierships in five years at Melbourne Storm.
"He's not far away," Wallabies coach Dave Rennie insisted.
He said the Fijian-born 26-year-old faced two challenges with his engine and the form of players in front of him.
"When you look at people like, in the backfield, (Andrew) Kellaway and Tom Wright, Marika (Koroibete), they have got a massive work ethic. I'm not sure if everyone appreciates the work those guys do off the ball. "
"The decision-making around starting those three is pretty straightforward," Rennie added.
By Romeka Romena