Former NRL flyer Suliasi Vunivalu is poised to form his Immense Rugby AU debut for Queensland off the bench in Friday’s conflict with the Melbourne Rebels at Suncorp Stadium.
The prized recruit was once forced to sit down down down out closing weekend’s season-opening utilize over the NSW Waratahs after being stood down for one match and fined for allegedly striking a security guard within the face slack closing month.
While the ex-Melbourne Storm winger will silent must chase court docket in April, Reds coach Brad Thorn had no points bringing the 25-365 days-frail straight in to his team to face the Rebels.
“Correct variety to own him enthusiastic this week and clearly we were hoping it was once closing week,” Thorn acknowledged.
“I divulge that’s all fish and chip paper now.
“He’s been preparing for Friday and I ponder an excellent deal of of us will be furious to witness what he brings.”
Vunivalu has been named on the bench alongside with yet any other doable debutant in Sam Wallis, with Thorn making only 1 substitute to the starting up lineup that belted the Waratahs 41-7 closing Friday.
Thorn insists introducing Vunivalu off the bench was once continuously his thought nevertheless added the performance of his backline in opposition to the Waratahs didn’t account for substitute for substitute’s sake.
“It’s positively how I treasure to conclude it if somebody’s coming in from an injure or original to the team. It honest takes the stress off,” he acknowledged.
“You’ve got additionally bought to be aware you most definitely can own got bought Jordan Petaia and Filipo Daugunu, you most definitely can own got bought Hamish Stewart and Hunter Paisami there. You’ve got bought Jock Campbell at the support. It’s no longer only a listing that somebody can stroll into is it?”
In the one substitute to the bustle-on team, Taniela Tupou starts at tighthead prop with Feao Fotuaika to capture on the job as finisher from the bench.
QUEENSLAND REDS: Dane Zander, Alex Mafi, Taniela Tupou, Angus Blyth, Seru Uru, Angus Scott-Younger, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott, James O’Connor, Filipo Daugunu, Hamish Stewart, Hunter Paisami, Jordan Petaia, Jock Campbell. Reserves: Josh Nasser, Harry Hoopert, Feao Fotuaika, Ryan Smith, Sam Wallis, Moses Sorovi, Bryce Hegarty, Sulisai Vunivalu.