Suliasi Vunivalu re-signs with Reds, Australian Rugby

Mon, Jun 20, 2022, 8:00 PM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Wallabies squad member Suli Vunivalu has spoken after re-signing with Australian Rugby until the end of 2023.

Reds winger Suliasi Vunivalu has ended speculation surrounding his future, re-signing with Queensland and Australian Rugby until the end of 2023.

Vunivalu has impressed since making the switch from rugby league, however, has struggled for consistent game-time due to injury.

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The 26-year-old was one of six uncapped players selected for the Wallabies' three-Test series against July.

Whilst Vunivalu has been linked with a return to the 13-a-side game, he pointed to the upcoming World Cup as a major factor in re-committing for the future.

“I’m really excited to re-sign with Queensland and Australian Rugby," he said in a statement.

“I’m enjoying my time at Ballymore with the Reds. I’ve made a lot of good friends here and I have enjoyed learning from someone who also has experience in both codes in Brad Thorn.

“I still have a lot to learn, but Queensland is the best place for me to reach the next level.

“Playing in a World Cup for Australia was a big reason I made the move to Rugby last year and I’ll be doing my best to hopefully achieve that goal.

“I’m looking forward to learning more over the next few months in Wallabies camp and taking that back to the Reds in 2023.”

"Having Suli re-sign is a massive positive for all supporters of Australian Rugby," Wallabies coach Dave Rennie believes.

"He's an incredible athlete with huge potential and having him in the Wallabies squad is only going to accelerate his development.

"His ability in the air is phenomenal and we've been impressed with his work ethic and desire to improve all areas of his game."

This was shared by Reds GM of Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley, who is confident he can make a major impact if called upon at the International level.

"Suli is a very popular member of the Reds squad and it was pleasing to see his form being rewarded with Wallaby squad selection," he added.

"It is great news for the Reds and Wallabies that he has extended through 2023."