Ex-Melbourne Storm NRL winner Suliasi Vunivalu misses Super Rugby debut for Reds over pub incident


Excessive-profile Queensland Reds recruit Suliasi Vunivalu has been dropped from what would have been his Massive Rugby AU debut for allegedly pushing a safety guard in a Brisbane pub.

The champion NRL winger had arrived at Ballymore trendy off a premiership with the Melbourne Storm as Rugby Australia’s big-ticket merchandise.

Nonetheless on Tuesday the winger copped a club-imposed A$10,000 (NZ$10,74) top of the range alongside suspension from Friday’s season opener at Suncorp Stadium in opposition to the NSW Waratahs.

Suliasi Vunivalu would have made his Super Rugby debut against Rob Penney's Waratahs had it not been for the pub incident.

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Suliasi Vunivalu would have made his Massive Rugby debut in opposition to Rob Penney’s Waratahs had it not been for the pub incident.

The matter is ahead of the courtroom docket docket and shall be reviewed by RA and Queensland Rugby Union as shortly as a result of it is resolved.

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It’s understood the safety guard was not injured through the incident, which was thought of minor and occurred earlier this month.

Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Suliasi Vunivalu carry the trophy after the Melbourne Storm's 2020 NRL Grand Final victory.

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Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Suliasi Vunivalu carry the trophy after the Melbourne Storm’s 2020 NRL Grand Remaining victory.

Vunivalu was implicated in an NRL integrity unity investigation in 2019 when he was allegedly a sufferer of a coward punch at a Bali nightspot that sparked a brawl that included former Storm teammate Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

The 26-year-old had already frolicked in camp with the Wallabies and is taken into consideration an immense expertise further susceptible to carry out in nationwide coach Dave Rennie’s plans forward of the 2023 World Cup.

It is an early setback for a Reds outfit wanting their first silverware since 2011, having misplaced the Massive Rugby AU decider to the Brumbies closing 12 months.



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