June 11, 2022
Four players that have links to Fiji are pushing forward for a selection in the Wallabies team after missing out the Wallabies' April camp.
Rugby.com.au reports the four players are Queensland Reds flyer Filipo Daugunu and winger Suliasi Vunivalu, NSW rising star Mark Nawaqanitawase and superstar winger Marika Koroibete.
Daugunu has bounced back to put himself in strong condition for the Wallabies squad.
The winger found himself out of the Reds squad after round two but has taken his second chance with open arms as he was one of their best in the quarter-final defeat to the Crusaders.
Daugunu ended last year as the incumbent and faces plenty of competition to retain his spot.
Vunivalu remains one of the most lethal players when fit as he starred for the Reds.
He was impressive against the Kiwi sides, however, injuries remain a key worry for the league convert.
The Reds flyer will be hoping he has done enough to earn selection, looking to follow in the footsteps of Marika Koroibete.
Nawaqanitawase has arguably been the breakout player of the Super Rugby Pacific season.
After initially being left out, the winger was a shining light for the Waratahs as he took over games, powering them to victories over the Crusaders and Highlanders.
There is plenty of competition likely ahead of him, with Australia A looming as a prime place to see where he sits in the depth chart.
Koroibete is one of three players who have been confirmed for the July series against England by Dave Rennie.
He played a starring role in the Top League Final for Suntory and entered in career-best form after departing the Rebels in 2021.
His inclusion all but ensures he will be picked for the first Test, slotting back onto the wing.
By Romeka Romena