Day by day, we take an in-depth look at every member of the 2016 Intrust Super Premiership NSW Team Of The Year. Filling in the front row is Wyong's senior forward: Eloni Vunakece.
A versatile forward who can play prop, second row and even lock, Vunakece’s persistence at Intrust Super Premiership NSW level over a number of years was finally rewarded with a promotion to the NRL for nine games off the bench this season.
At the ripe old age of 28, Vunakece cracked the top grade and while his minutes were limited, he played his role as many Wyong Roos supporters already knew he would. In his 13 games in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW, the Fiji international averaged 110 metres and 10.5 supports per game, providing spark to the Roos as they went within two games of the grand final.
It was a just reward for one of the hardest-working forwards in the competition – a forward who can do the hard work to start or can add impact coming off the interchange bench against tiring opposition packs.