The Courier-Mail

Shades of Bellyache in Thorn

- CHRISTY DORAN

REDS recruit Suliasi Vunivalu has paid Brad Thorn the ultimate compliment, comparing his new coach to his former mentor Craig Bellamy.

While Vunivalu’s developmen­t on the field has been left to attack coach Jim McKay, who helped inspire the Reds to their maiden title under Ewen McKenzie in 2011, the winger ( (pictured) said Thorn’s “old school” manner was similar to the successful S Storm coach.

“Thorny is pretty much like Craig, pretty old school, winning culture and stuff like that,” said Vunivalu, with the Reds’ coach known to still get in the gym and pack down in scrums.

“It’s just hard work to get into the team (Reds), which is pretty good.”

As the Wallabies’ 40-man training squad spent the first full day together in Sydney, Vunivalu was moving one step closer to wearing the gold jersey for the first time.

The Wallabies are set to play France over three Tests, with the series set to start in Brisbane on July 10.

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