The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Broncos coach Tony Rea commented: ?This is just terrific news for our club. Vinnie is a very determined character and he will be good for our club.?
People talk about his defensive capabilities and his versatility but what really catches my eye when I see Vinnie play is the way he looks like a true specialist in all the roles he fills.?
He has a quite a bond with Tommy (Thomas Leuluai) as well which can only be a good thing.?
26 year old Vinnie, who played alongside his younger brother Louis in the Gillette Tri Nations, made his test debut against the Kangaroos in October 2003 and was one of the Kiwis? strongest in last Autumn?s Tri Nations.
Although likely to play in the back row or centre for London, Vinnie played at number six outside Leuluai for the Kiwis last year, and really troubled the Aussies in the opening game of the tournament.
Defensively Vinnie is one of the best in the business, although his liking for Basketball, a sport which he excelled at as a junior, often comes through in his in attack.
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