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Vunivalu ruled out of France series while Petaia in major doubt

Queensland Reds winger and former Melbourne Storm flyer Suliasi Vunivalu has been ruled out of July’s Wallabies series against France and faces the prospect of missing Bledisloe Cup matches due to a serious hamstring injury.

Vunivalu limped from the field in the second half of the Reds’ recent loss to the Blues and initial fears were confirmed that he will spend roughly two months on the sidelines.

Suliasi Vunivalu during Wallabies camp last year.

Suliasi Vunivalu during Wallabies camp last year. Credit:RA Media

“He won’t take part in the French series,” Wallabies coach Dave Rennie told the Herald on Thursday. “It is reasonably significant. He’s got a fair bit of rehab to do to be right for maybe the Bledisloes and Rugby Championship.

“It’s going to be certainly two months plus from when he did it.

“He definitely would have been in the mix. His job now is to work hard and recover quickly. There are plenty of Tests for him to get an opportunity.”

Vunivalu made the switch to the 15-man game last year and was involved in Wallabies squads but did not play a Test in 2020.

He made his Super Rugby debut this season against the Reds and has impressed.

The 25-year-old would have pressed for a Test debut in a three-match series against France, beginning July 7 at the SCG, but now faces a long recovery stint.

“I think Suli has been excellent,” Rennie said. “His work ethic to get ball in hand [has been great] and we’ve seen his ability with the high ball. I think he’s adjusted and the Reds have done a pretty good job with him.”

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