Fiji star Suliasi Vunivalu confirms his move to rugby union

Drew Darbyshire

Melbourne Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu will leave rugby league to to switch to rugby union at the end of the 2020 NRL season.

The 24-year-old will join rugby union team Queensland Reds following the conclusion of the 2020 NRL season with Melbourne.

Vunivalu scored 73 tries in 95 games for the Storm, while going over 12 times in eight matches for his native Fiji.

He said: “The Storm has been wonderful to me and I’m continuing to make great memories here.

“However, the offer from rugby union was too good for me to refuse, especially considering I have a young family who I want to do the best for.

“I was a rugby union player before switching to league and always thought going back to rugby was an option for my career and I never wanted to play for another NRL club. I’d hate to have to go up against Storm and my mates.

“Now this decision is public, I’m concentrating 100% on my final year in Melbourne and looking forward to doing the best I can for the boys, the coaches and all our members and fans.

“I won’t be making any further comments on rugby until the NRL season is done.”

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