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Suliasi Vunivalu has signed with the Qld Reds In 2021

 

Another Fijian Winger goes back to his roots.

 

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They have little or nothing coming through their own systems so they have to poach what they can I guess.

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Talent is secondary to whether players are confident.

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Apparently the offer was too good to refuse.

Pretty funny really. The ARU isn't learning.


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Really sad to see him go. 

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A shame he's going, especially while he's still young. Still, Fiji is becoming a bigger producer of talent for RL, and I'm sure there'll be some good players coming the other way too.


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He is prone to make mistakes especially in defence. The money he has been offered is crazy and cant blame him for taking it. I dont think Melbourne Storm will miss him that much to be honest. His has not really kicked on from his debut season. On his day he is quality, but he is also prone to poor reads and rushing up out the line etc. He is a very good strong athlete but his skillset and understanding of the game is very basic. Certainly the Storm will have money to spend, though they have never been a club thats gone chasing big names. No doubt they will go and look around the youngsters in the game and Union who fit the Storm System rather than bringing a big name in.

Rugby Union especially in Australia never learn. They are happy to throw money away on players, especially Wingers, that are not that good, in the hope it can keep the Wannabies a half decent Union side. The money Vunivalu will get would be better spent developing Aussie Youth Rugby Union. The game is on its knees and TV Companies like Fox dont even want to show games. Its only a matter of time before Melbourne Rebels is axed after losing so much money.

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$1.8 million 2 year deal. That’s a lot of money for rugby union in Australia to spend on one player who will start with them in 2021.

 

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he was an ru player originally - came to rl , still got a full season with storm and a week is a long time in politics 


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Melbourne seems to be a bit of a feeder club for yawnion these days. Vunivalu, Chambers, Kata, Koroibete have all gone from the Storm to RU of late. Any others?

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20 minutes ago, Copa said:

$1.8 million 2 year deal. That’s a lot of money for rugby union in Australia to spend on one player who will start with them in 2021.

 

Crazy money for a winger.

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13 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

Melbourne seems to be a bit of a feeder club for yawnion these days. Vunivalu, Chambers, Kata, Koroibete have all gone from the Storm to RU of late. Any others?

Chambers is past it and am glad he has gone. Kata was nowhere near playing first grade, so no loss. Koroibete has been gone for ages and the Storm have Addo-Carr, who is much better. Vuniivalu, Koroibete came from Union and Chambers also played a couple of seasons of Union. None are great losses to be fair when they have left.

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Union down under may lose there fox sports deal is talk around. Rugby union generally pay huge money for wingers with radradra being case also, league see fullbacks and half backs are elite money for code. 

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1 hour ago, Damien said:

Crazy money for a winger.

It is Union when they stand on the wing for most the game, wondering if they will get their hands on the ball 

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4 hours ago, GUBRATS said:

Good for him , who is he ?

One of the best wingers in the world (in my opinon).

These things are of course subjective, but i am surprised that you have not heard of him (if you folow Rugby League anyway).

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9 hours ago, EastLondonMike said:

Really sad to see him go. 

Me too Mike - gutted actually - guys like him are what the game needs.

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2 hours ago, Lounge Room Lizard said:

Chambers is past it and am glad he has gone. Kata was nowhere near playing first grade, so no loss. Koroibete has been gone for ages and the Storm have Addo-Carr, who is much better. Vuniivalu, Koroibete came from Union and Chambers also played a couple of seasons of Union. None are great losses to be fair when they have left.

Disagree on Vunivalu not being a loss, especially to Fiji, but certainly not going to lose any sleep over it. 

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Rather the Storm kept Addo-Carr than Vunivalu. He had a great debut season but for whatever reason has struggled to be as good. Very good athlete who is strong and very powerful. However his passing, read in defence and decision making are awful. Plenty of better wingers around like Addo-Carr, Tupou, Morris, Sivo etc in my opinion. Fiji will miss him though hardly short on Wingers. The Storm will hardly miss him to be honest. If Union are paying A$900K a year for Wingers, its no wonder the game has so many financial Problems!

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Sivo will probably be next to go, or at least the next target.

The game will always produce quality players to replace anyone going to play union, but it's still a loss. And the game is better with the likes of Vunivalu in it.

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Good luck to him signing for the other code. I wish he'd stayed... 

But, from Sailor, Folau, SBW to Chambers, our sport has ALWAYS replaced the defectors with quality. 

League will move on and in two years we'll be saying Suliasi who? 

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4 hours ago, HKR AWAY DAYS said:

What a fool

1.8M AUD for 2 years is what is being reported.

Yes...... clearly a fool.......

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15 minutes ago, Celt said:

1.8M AUD for 2 years is what is being reported.

Yes...... clearly a fool.......

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I think the fools here are the ARU not the player as they are close to broke.

If he's a success in union he will demand more money and use the threat of returning to Rugby League to get more money.

I think the NRL clubs will continue to sign Fijian union wingers and obviously some will return to union when they are offered big bucks.

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