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Cheika to fast track NRL star into Wallabies





Code hopping Melbourne Storm winger Marika Koroibete has been told that he will tour Europe with Australia’s Wallabies in November this year.

Koroibete is still playing in the NRL but has signed to play for the Melbourne Rebels for next year’s Super Rugby season and has been asked to join the Wallabies on their five-Test, seven-match tour.

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The Fijian-born winger is preparing to play in the NRL finals and Wallabies bosses are hoping that taking him on tour in November will speed up his transition back into rugby union.

Twenty-four-year-old Koroibete played 15 man rugby in Fiji and went to the same school as Rebels outside back Sefa Naivalu who is already in the Wallabies squad and will become eligible later this month.

Koroibete joined Wests Tigers in 2011 but has not played Rugby Union since then.

The winger said that he had not spoken to Wallabies coach Michael Cheika recently but he has confirmed that he was told he would tour with the Wallabies before he had signed for the Rebels.

“I spoke to him before I signed with the Rebels and he’s going to take me on the spring tour with the boys,” Koroibete told AAP.

“I’m just thinking of the Storm at the moment but I’m excited to get back into rugby union and it will be a big challenge after six or seven years not playing.”

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