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Vuna keen to get in the thick of things at Worcester Warriors

Cooper Vuna is not a man to wait for his chance on the wing and Worcester Warriors’ star flyer is intent on throwing his considerable bulk about in his first season of Aviva Premiership Rugby.

The Warriors landed quite a coup when they convinced Vuna, a two-time Australia international, to swap Japan for the Championship last year.

He arrived with some serious pedigree after scoring 13 tries in Super Rugby during his time with Melbourne Rebels but Vuna admits rugby union on this side of the equator is a different beast.

As such the ball may not be reaching his hands quite as much as he is used to, though the 28-year-old is prepared to take a proactive approach.

“The Premiership is definitely a massive step up from the Championship, and as a winger you will have one of those games where it is difficult to get involved,” he said.

“It’s a lot more of a forwards game than in the southern hemisphere and it’s good for a change that will hopefully make into an all-round better player. You have to adapt really quickly and that’s what I’m striving to do.

“I’m that sort of player who needs to get more involved rather than be isolated on the wing. You just have to get in there and get in tussles with the forward pack.

“I’ve got a bit of licence to get around the park rather than stay on my wing and this side of the world wingers are allowed to do that.

“I’m enjoying it here, Dean Ryan is straightforward with everything and makes it clear what he wants, it’s now up to us players to make an impact.”

Round Two was an anti-climax as far as the Warriors are concerned after they failed to follow up their superb opening-round victory over Northampton Saints.

Danny Cipriani’s Sale Sharks ran away 27-13 winners at the AJ Bell Stadium, but with Gloucester Rugby up next, Vuna insists the result has not dampened Worcester’s ambitions.

“It was a tough trip to Manchester and back, it was one of those games where we just needed to go back to basics and do what we do best with Danny (Cipriani) giving us the run around,” Vuna added.

“I think we just started off quite slowly, we were on the backfoot from the start really and we just couldn’t catch up to where we needed to be.

“We will definitely be having a go (at the top half), we are a new team to this competition and we are going out in every game, giving it our best and having fun at the same time. We are growing all the time.”

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