MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 02: Suliasi Vunivalu of the Storm scores a try during the round 13 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Newcastle Knights at AAMI Park on June 2, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The Wallabies are preparing to launch a bid at Melbourne Storm sensation Suliasi Vunivalu, according to The Australian.

He has reportedly met with Australian rugby officials about the prospect of featuring in the 2023 France World Cup.

Vunivalu is contracted at the Storm next season, with the potential offer from Rugby Australia for 2021-23 estimated to be worth nearly $2 million.

It is believed that the Storm could grant the winger an early release to free up salary cap space.

The revelation comes after Vunivalu's recent Bali controversy where he was king-hit at a night club.

If granted an early release by the Storm, the Fijian can put put pen to paper with RA and can begin negotiations with Australian Super Rugby franchises this year or next.

The Melbourne Rebels could be a potential landing spot as he is based in the city.

Vunivalu has scored 72 tries throughout his 94 NRL appearances and has scored a further 12 tries in Fiji Tests.


  1. I thought Australian Rugby was broke, with Israel potentially sending them to oblivion.

    Potentially just crying poor

    Interesting to see if they do in fact throw money at this guy (or anyone else)….

  2. I think they need to find a few inside backs before they worry about signing a winger. Rugby is a joke, it is broken at the grass roots. It is all about the social occassion more then the game itself.

  3. Its high time the NRL brought in a transfer fee arrangement for players currently playing


    Released by club – no fee
    Contract ended but new equivalent contract offered – 10% of annual contract
    Under Contract – 1 year 25% of contract value – 2 years 40% – 3 years 60% etc

    These fees would be payable by the organisation acquiring the player. In the case of another code making the offer but refusing to pay the fee – Player must pay or never play NRL again

  4. If you’re going to have a transfer fee, it would have to include a fee for actual local juniors .
    As some clubs just want to buy their way to premierships , that’ll never happen. As they are the clubs with big backers & undue influence over what the NRL does or doesn’t do.

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