A hamstring damage has dominated Suliasi Vunivalu out of the Wallabies squad for subsequent month’s Test series in opposition to France.
A hamstring damage has dominated former NRL star Suliasi Vunivalu out of the Wallabies squad for subsequent month’s Test series in opposition to France.
Vunivalu limped off the sphere in Queensland’s 31-24 Tremendous Rugby trans-Tasman loss to the Blues final weekend.
Australia coach Dave Rennie says the damage is critical sufficient to rule Vunivalu out of the July series.
“Clearly a fairly critical hamstring damage,” Rennie mentioned.
“That is going to see him miss the French series and we’ll know slightly bit extra element past that however he actually will not be obtainable for France.”
Rennie mentioned he hoped the Fiji-born Vunivalu, who performed 5 seasons and 111 matches with the Storm earlier than switching to rugby, could have a chance to make his Test debut later within the worldwide season.
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“We’re actually pleased together with his progress. The Reds have executed a very good job with him.
“Disappointing for him however his job actually is to rehab rapidly and attempt to get again.
“We have got lots of Assessments and so there’s lots of alternative for him to nonetheless play for us.”
Injured flyhalf James O’Connor is anticipated to be included when Rennie names a 38 man squad for the France series on Sunday.
The Queensland captain was a late scratch for the sport in opposition to the Blues due to a neck damage and he hasn’t travelled to New Zealand for the Reds’ final Tremendous Rugby match in opposition to the Hurricanes in Wellington.
“He is been getting stingers for concerning the final 4 or 5 weeks,” Rennie mentioned.
“It simply got here to a little bit of a head the earlier recreation and so he missed final weekend, he will miss this weekend however we anticipate him being proper.
“He is been excellent, we’re actually proud of guys like Noah Lolesio as nicely.
“It is actually a place the place we’re getting higher depth in however James has been glorious.”
One other Reds star, Jordan Petaia, is unlikely to characteristic in opposition to France as he continues to get better from a critical quad damage.
Rebels captain Dane Haylett-Petty (concussion) stays sidelined whereas Waratahs skipper Jake Gordon (knee) can also be unsure.
Brumbies prop James Slipper and Rebels utility Reece Hodge are anticipated to be obtainable for a series that features three Assessments in 11 days — July 7 in Sydney, July 13 in Melbourne and July 17 in Brisbane.
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