Sydney - Wallabies coach Michael Cheika believes Marika Koroibete’s
natural talent makes him an imposing threat on the wing for June’s Test Rugby
The Melbourne Rebels rugby league convert is set to make his
international debut in the 15-man version of the game after he was named in
Cheika’s 34-player Wallabies squad on Tuesday night.
Koroibete joined the Wallabies on their Spring Tour last
year as a development player before he made his Super Rugby debut with the
Rebels this season.
The 24-year-old winger has scored four tries in 10 Super
Rugby appearances, including his first career Rugby double last weekend against
“I think he’s done very well this year,” Cheika said of
Koroibete’s transition to Rugby during his Wallabies squad announcement live on
“He’s learnt the game as it’s come on him and his positional
game has progressed – you can see that he’s learnt very quickly.
“Just having him on the tour, we took him in that
development capacity last year, you can see the talent there.”
Koroibete has started all ten appearances for the Rebels
after injury forced the powerful winger to miss the opening round against the
Blues and Round 9 against the Sharks in Durban.
While Koroibete continues to learn the nuances of rugby, his
prospect remains bright after settling into the code.
“He’s a good pro,” Cheika said.
“Being in the Melbourne Storm’s program has made him a very
good professional so he knows what he needs to do to get right.
“When you talk to him, he understands the things he needs to
improve on but nothing can beat his out and out talent and speed.”
Koroibete was one of five Rebels included in the Wallabies
squad for June’s three-Test series against Fiji, Scotland and Italy.
Prop Toby Smith, backrower Lopeti Timani, centre Reece Hodge
and winger Sefa Naivalu will join Koroibete on national duty.
The five Rebels are expected to line-up against the Brumbies
at GIO Stadium in Canberra on Saturday night in the club’s final hit out before
the international break.