Vunivalu poised to make Wallabies debut


Suliasi Vunivalu is poised to make his Wallabies debut in opposition to England after he was one in every of 4 uncapped gamers named in Australia’s 35-man squad on Sunday.

Vunivalu joins Waratahs duo Jed Holloway and Dave Porecki, and Rebels prop Pone Fa’aumasili, as the brand new faces within the Wallabies squad, which has no place for veteran lock Izack Rodda, rising Reds expertise Fraser McReight and returning fullback Kurtley Beale.

Beale’s omission isn’t any shock given he has performed little rugby with French membership Racing 92 this yr, whereas McReight will possible spearhead the Australia A squad that can contest the Pacific Nations Cup in Fiji.

Rodda, in the meantime, is a sufferer of the spectacular return to Australia from Holloway, the Waratahs’ ahead’s versatility to play each at lock and the back-row clearly pulling favour with Rennie.

However it’s Vunivalu’s inclusion that’s the huge speaking level, with the previous Melbourne Storm flyer ultimately having put a string of video games collectively for the Reds and impressing vastly alongside the way in which.

“The core of this squad is a bunch who’ve carried out strongly for us during the last two seasons, whereas robust kind in Tremendous Rugby Pacific has been rewarded with a handful of latest faces,” Rennie mentioned through a media launch.

“The previous two years have allowed us to construct robust foundations as a bunch however there is no doubt that we’ve got much more in us.

“We’re wanting ahead to working arduous and making ready as a bunch to place in performances that make our supporters proud in opposition to England subsequent month.”

The squad will collect on the Sunshine Coast on Thursday.

Wallabies squad:

Allan Alaalatoa

Tom Banks

Angus Bell

Quade Cooper

Pone Fa’amausili

Folau Fainga’a

Nick Frost

Jake Gordon

Michael Hooper (c)

Jed Holloway

Len Ikitau

Andrew Kellaway

Samu Kerevi

Marika Koroibete

Rob Leota

Noah Lolesio

Lachlan Lonergan

Tate McDermott

Cadeyrn Neville

James O’Connor

Hunter Paisami

Izaia Perese

Jordan Petaia

Matt Philip

David Porecki

Pete Samu

Scott Sio

James Slipper

Darcy Swain

Taniela Tupou

Rob Valetini

Suliasi Vunivalu

Nic White

Harry Wilson

Tom Wright

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