Eloni Vunakece has dreamed of making his first grade debut since his love affair with football began.

However, the dream has always been a little out of reach – until now.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson has handed 28-year-old Vunakece his first grade debut in hopes that it will help to resuscitate the Roosters shaky start to the season.

It’s the start he’s been waiting for – as he supports his small family working as a garbage man full time.

The Fijian international works full-time as a garbage collector, balancing training in between working early mornings and evenings.

However, a big game against Manly on the weekend may mean that he gets to give up the bins for good.


With the Roosters sitting bottom of the ladder after three rounds and hit hard by injury and suspension, Robinson has called upon Vunakece to dig them out of trouble.

Vunakece’s fellow Roosters prop Dylan Napa is expecting him to make a big impact. ‘You won’t miss him,’ Napa told AAP.

‘He is a pretty large fellow and he has a pretty large afro to go with it. ‘It is pretty crazy when you think about it, he goes to work as a garbo, gets up at quarter to four and goes to work then comes to training at nine, does his own warm up and slots right in.

Then he will go to his night shift and do the same.’

Source: Daily Mail

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