Is it a transition to Rugby thing? I have hazy memories or Timina Tahu (spelling???) having massive breakdown issues after being reliable in League as wellHamstring issues very often relate to back issues. Sometimes curable, sometimes, sadly not. I've known a couple of pretty handy players who had careers cut short through recurring hamstring issues, and in each case it was related to a back problem
Is it a transition to Rugby thing? I have hazy memories or Timina Tahu (spelling???) having massive breakdown issues after being reliable in League as well
He's not in my 2023 RWC squad as I personally think he'll return to the NRL in 2023
RY it will be interesting to track your selections over the next couple of Super Rugby Seasons, assuming they take place. Overall, I reckon you could be more than 75% correct.When you look at the 'towards 2023' element of the question, and with the RWC only 21 months away, here's my crack at the 33-man squad (it's been increased since 2019). Be staggered if I hit 75% the way we churn players, but you never know...
Prop: Ala'alatoa, Bell, Fa'amausili, Robertson, Slipper, Tupou (6)
Hooker: Latu, McInerney, Paenga-Amosa(3)
Lock: Arnold, Rodda, Skelton, Swain (4)
Backrow: Hanigan, Hooper, Leota, McMahon, McReight, Valetini (6)
Scrumhalf: R. Lonergan, McDermott, White (3)
Flyhalf: Cooper, Lolesio (2)
Centre: Ikitau, Kerevi, Paisami (3)
Outside Backs: Hodge, Kellaway, Koroibete, Perese, Petaia, Wright (6)
No room for Beale, JOC (James O'Connor), Fainga'a (Colby or Folau!), R.Lonergan, Kaitu'u, Uelese, Wilson, Samu, Daugunu, Hoskins, Banks, Foketi, Simone, Gordon, Swinton among others!
How does he perform in front of the media?Probably not a million, but who knows. It's a new franchise, no players signed, more and more 'marquee' level signings opting to stay put. They'll have the cash to do it. I just think it would be an option floated heavily by his manager, especially if his dodgy hammy keep bothering him and he's able to secure a 4 or 5 year deal.
His salary demands more than middle ground. 2022 needs to be the year he brings it home because we are in deficit on that investment thus far.Vunivalu's aerial ability in attack is what really sets him apart in my eyes. The Reds used it a few times last year and if they can keep getting it right, teams will need to start planning for that when they're deep in their half. Which in turn, will open up the field for the rest of the team.
At his best, Vunivalu is one of the best attacking players in rugby, at his worst, he's got hammys made of glass and misses too many games. A happy middle ground would be nice.
Yeh I don’t see him as a marquee player for any team. My point was more the Dolphins have cash in their pockets and keep missing the big signings.How does he perform in front of the media?
I think a key ingredient in a marquee signing for a new club would be skills in front of a camera so that he can get much needed publicity.
I have never seen him interviewed, would he be up to the task of being the face of a new team?
This is how to calculate his value
Like all good players, if he is fit there is no reason to believe that he wont perform at a high level.His salary demands more than middle ground. 2022 needs to be the year he brings it home because we are in deficit on that investment thus far.