Super challenge next
Former Melbourne Storm winger Marika Koroibete is looking to fulfil his lifelong dream to play in the Super Rugby. The decision to switch in May this year will see the 24-yearold Naraiyawa, Namosi native join the Melbourne Rebels next season. “The switch to union is nothing more than me wanting to try something different,” Koroibete said. “Growing up in Fiji it was my dream to play Super Rugby. In 2011, I went to Australia and it was my dream then to play in the National Rugby League (NRL) and I did. “So I want to move on to my next chapter in life; a rugby career to achieve my ultimate dream of playing in the Super Rugby.” He chose to stay with the Rebels because it was convenient for him as he resides in Melbourne with his family. Linking up with Rebels winger Sefanaia Naivalu, Koroibete is hoping the duo can light up the Super Rugby scene next year.
“I had a couple other offers but Melbourne Rebels suited me because we live in Melbourne,” he said.
“I haven’t played this code for six or seven years now so it is definitely a big challenge for me but I welcome it and willing to do whatever it takes.
Koroibete’s high profile status in rugby league has turned the heads of many coaches, but in particular Wallabies coach Michael Cheika who is looking to fast track Koroibete into the Wallabies team for the Europe Tour in England next month. However, Koroibete said he is not too focused on game time but looking to gain as much experience as possible.
“I am not expecting to play, I just want to learn as much as I can before the season starts next year,” he said. Though Koroibete have left the Melbourne Storm, the team will hold a special place in his heart. “It has been a good year for me with the Melbourne Storm but it was a shame we could not make the year extra special by winning the grand final,” Koroibete said. Koroibete departs on Sunday to join the Wallabies in camp. Edited by Osea Bola