Su­per chal­lenge next

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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

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