Former NRL Champion open to a return to rugby league

Rugby league fans are often fearful of losing the sports best players to rugby union especially when the 15-man code has a World Cup on the horizon.

For example, look at Sam Burgess and Sonny Bill Williams who both switched codes in time to play in World Cups in the past.

However, any departures of the sort right now with a view to play in the 2023 Rugby Union World Cup would be quite damaging with the Rugby league World Cup set to take place in 2022. That’s why the departure of Suliasi Vunivalu to the other game at the end of the 2020 NRL season was so disappointing to see.

After lighting up the league with fellow winger Josh Addo-Carr at Melbourne Storm with the two speedsters forming the backbone of their NRL title in 2020, Vunivalu switched codes in the hope of playing for Australia in the 2023 Union World Cup.

However, according to the Daily Telegraph the winger is open to a return to rugby league despite recently being included in the Wallabies wider squad. This is because of a disappointing first year in the sport after signing a two-year deal with Super Rugby Franchise Queensland Reds.

It’s believed that when that deal is up, the winger would be open to a return to rugby league with a number of NRL clubs queuing up to sign Vunivalu. This means he could be back in the sport as soon as 2023 according to zerotackle.

Disappointedly, this would mean he would be absent for the 2022 Rugby League World Cup having scored tries for fun in the 2017 competition for Fiji alongside former St Helens star and Harry Sunderland Award winner Kevin Naiqama.

There has been no word whether or not any Super League clubs have expressed interest in the powerful yet quick winger, however it is believed a number of NRL clubs are preparing offers with Vunivalu yet to make his international debut in rugby union.

It is unknown whether or not his former club Melbourne Storm are interested however following Addo-Carr’s move to Canterbury, they could do with some added quality on the wing in the near future.

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