The streets of Bagasau in Toorak will be empty on Sunday night as locals will head to Suliasi Vunivalu’s house to watch their favourite son in the NRL grand final.
Vunivalu bought his family, including five siblings, a television after signing with the Storm three years ago.
His family and friends are expected to wear the purple Storm gear donated by the 21‑year‑old Vunivalu's teammates ‑ on Sunday to cheer him on against the North Queensland Cowboys.
Vunivalu left Fiji for a rugby scholarship at school in New Zealand to help ease the financial burden on his family.
But he was snapped up by the Storm after they saw him playing a Super Rugby curtain‑raiser with his school team at AAMI Park.
The 18‑year‑old had never played rugby league and didn't even know how to play the ball.
Fast forward, he's become the best finisher in the game, winning the NRL's top‑tryscorer going in his first two seasons and is about to play in his second grand final.
Vunivalu is also expected to play for the Fiji Bati at next month's Rugby League World Cup.
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