Australia: Debutant Suliasi Vunivalu wants Wallabies to ‘shut the Pommies up’

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New Australia back Suliasi Vunivalu has urged his team to start well as they attempt to claim a series triumph against old rivals England.

Vunivalu is set to make his debut from the bench and has certainly marked the occasion by making a big statement.

‘Shut the Pommies up’ was what the Reds speedster proclaimed ahead of the third Test as the hosts attempt to get on the front foot right from the kick-off.

In both matches so far, Australia have struggled in the opening half and it cost them in Brisbane as the tourists went away with a 25-17 victory.

Inspired by State of Origin clash

The Wallabies know where they need to improve and rugby league convert Vunivalu is taking inspiration from the recent State of Origin clash between Queensland and New South Wales.

“Watching that Origin game made me look forward to our big game with that intensity right from the start,” the Fijian-born wing said.

“We have been lacking that with the Wallabies for our first 20 minutes, so if we can bring that up and shut the Pommies up we’ll do a good job.”

Vunivalu’s appearance will be “game-dependent” according to Dave Rennie, but the Australia head coach also acknowledges that they have suffered a number of injury issues over the past two weeks.

“Just thinking about the last couple of weeks, he’ll probably be on after about three minutes,” Rennie joked. “Suli’s time on the field will definitely be game-dependent.

“He is covering a fair number of spots if you consider that Reece Hodge could move. We certainly want to give him reasonable time, but we’ll do what’s best for the team on the day.”

Need a better first half

Rennie also echoed Vunivalu’s comments about Australia’s opening to the contest. The Wallabies were slow to get going last weekend and they can’t afford to do the same in Sydney.

“This game is massive. We’re well aware of that. We were disappointed last week and we’re better than that. There’s no doubting the character of this group and we will fight,” he said.

“We gave England such a big start in the last game and they’re too good a side to be given that sort of advantage. We have to be better and we will be.”

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