From garbo to footy-star to male model: former NRL enforcer with trademark afro forced to quit due to serious concussions, keeps reinventing himself
- The former Rugby League player who became a garbage collector has reinvented himself
- Eloni Vunakece, 32, stopped last year and now has his hand focused on male modeling
- He made his model debut for the collection of luxury active clothing from Body Science
A player from the Rugby League who worked as a garbage collector while pursuing his NRL dream has continued to reinvent himself since he left the sport.
Former Sydney Roosters player Eloni Vunakece, 32, who quit the NRL at the end of last year due to continuing fear of health, has now turned his hand to male modeling.
The 32-year-old has signed with a model agency and made his debut last week with a luxury active clothing collection with Body Science, the Daily telegram reported.
& # 39; It was so much fun, & # 39; said Vunakece.
Vunakece, who has been on the sidelines for years as a garbage collector, has also emerged as the face of the new season of the Australian Ninja Warrior.
Former Sydney Roosters player Eloni Vunakece, 32 (photo), who quit rugby at the end of last year due to persistent fear of health, has now turned his hand to modeling men
Vunakece (right), who reportedly signed with a modeling agency, made his editorial debut last week to launch a luxury active wear collection with Body Science
Vunakece (photo), who has been on the sidelines for years as a garbage collector, has also emerged as the face of the new season of the Australian Ninja Warrior
Vunakece said he made the decision last year to stop competing because he feared that the long-term health effects of all bumps to the head would eventually take its toll.
Although the decision to leave the party he loved and played for 26 years was not an easy one, the 32-year-old finally agreed after doctors told him it was in his best interest.
He said he also took into account that there was nothing else to be achieved at his age to really justify the risk & # 39 ;.
Despite his successes, the Fijan international made his NRL debut quite late at the age of 28, where he played nine games for the Schedules in 2016.
He said the final decision to quit came after a personal conversation with his father and former Balmain, Cronulla and North Sydney, Dave Cooper forward.
Vunakece (right) said he enjoyed his new model career, but would not call himself exactly a model – at least not yet
Vunakece (photo) has emerged as the face of the new season of the Australian Ninja Warrior
Vunakece (photo) said he is excited to see his children's reaction when he appears on the Australian Ninja Warrior
Vunakece said his father assured him it was the right decision to stop because there was nothing to prove anymore, especially given the concussion.
The 32-year-old has done research into the impact of repeated head thrusts and has even signed up to donate his brain to concussion testing when he dies.
His latest venture comes in the midst of much discussion about concussions, with three law firms allegedly revealing this week that they are planning to launch class actions.
& # 39; We don't really know how bad it can be in the long run & # 39 ;, Vunakece said.
The former NRL player (pictured on the right with wife Mel) has two daughters and one son
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