Chalk one up for the good guys.
In news that shouldn’t come as any great shock (but to some degree does), Fiji Bati coach Mick Potter has indicated that Fijian winger Suliasi Vunivalu is indeed Fijian.
According to a report on nrl.com, the Fiji-born winger may be eligible for New Zealand under the same ridiculous rule that allowed Semi Radradra to be poached by Australia – an opportunity Radradra jumped at, until recently when he discovered he was no longer wanted.
Potter said that “there was a whisper that New Zealand had made some enquiries because I think he’d spent a little bit of time as a student over there. As far as I know, he said he’s going to be playing for us in May, so that’s all that matters.”
In other Bati news, Potter indicated he’d be unlikely to select Titans fullback Jarryd Hayne for their Test against Tonga due to his recent ankle injury, but would welcome him for their World Cup campaign.
Vunivalu has played 27 matches and scored 29 tries for Melbourne since making his debut last year.