September 02, 2021
Fijian winger Suliasi Vunivalu is excited and set to return to the Wallabies squad after a lengthy hamstring injury.
The cross-code sustained a hamstring injury last month and is recovering in the Wallabies’ rehab group in Queensland while sensing a comeback soon.
Missing out on the selection for the July test series against France but now the star winger is a matter of weeks away from returning to the Wallabies camp.
“I’ll be right to go in a couple of weeks,” Vunivalu told rugby.com.au in Brisbane on Wednesday.
“I have to pass a few fitness tests to show my hamstring is right and my speed is back.”
Injury caused him a lot of frustration but Vunivalu is itching to be on the big stage in the Rugby Championship.
“It’s really exciting to have the tournament in Queensland. It’s good for Australia to get the home advantage but also for the big fan base to get four countries here,” Vunivalu said.
“If I do get in there, I want to take the opportunity with both hands.”
Vunivalu agreed that the tournament’s condensed nature at three venues around Queensland gave the TRC the feeling of a mini-World Cup.
“We know that a World Cup bid for Australia stacks up. Everyone would be looking forward to it if it does happen.”
Vunivalu shared his experience saying an Australian tournament was a tournament for the whole Oceania region through the rugby lovers of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga as well.
“I’d love to be playing in it. It will inspire a lot of Pacific Islands kids to be here. It will be big.”
“I was watching on TV back in Fiji (as a seven-year-old) when Jonny Wilkinson was killing it every game at the Rugby World Cup in 2003.”
“I’ve always wanted to play rugby on a big rugby stage. I went straight to league but I’m happy to be back in rugby so I can achieve my goal in rugby.”
By Romeka Romena