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Wallaby debut for ex-NRL star Zuliasi Vunival will have to wait with the striker to miss the upcoming tests against France due to a hamstring injury.

Vunivalu limped out of bounds in Queensland, losing 31-24 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman to the Blues last weekend, and Wallabies coach Dave Rennie says the injury is serious enough to exclude him from a series of three tests against the French next month. …

“Obviously this is a pretty serious hamstring injury,” Rennie told AAP.

“This will lead him to skip the French TV series and we will get a little more details beyond that, but it definitely won’t be available for France.”

Despite the setback, Rennie hoped that Vunivalu would have the opportunity to make his test debut later in the international season.

“We are very pleased with his progress. The Reds did a really good job with him, ”Rennie said.

“Disappointing to him, but his job is really to heal quickly and try to get back.

“We have a lot of tests, so he has a lot of opportunities to still play for us.”

An injured five-eighth James O’Connor is expected to be named when Rennie names his squad for Sunday’s French streak.

The Reds captain was late scratching the Blues with a neck injury and did not travel to New Zealand for his last 2021 match against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

“He’s been stung for the last four to five weeks,” Rennie said.

“We expect him to be right.”

Rennie is not worried about fears that the French are reportedly unhappy with the strict quarantine requirements before traveling to Australia.

The Wallabies coach is confident that the problems will be resolved and has not been forced to change his plans due to uncertainty.

“As we know, since last year we thought our first test was in Brisbane, and two weeks later we were in Wellington,” Rennie said.

“It is what it is.

“I know that from a quarantine point of view, it is very good for sports teams, as we did in New Zealand and as the Argentines did here in Australia.

“The French will be able to come, they will be able to fully train and prepare well. I’m sure there are no problems here. “

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