Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

COLY­TON Colts rugby league player Pouli Fisi­iahi is no softie, and has re­turned to coach­ing a ju­nior team just days af­ter surgery on a bro­ken cheek­bone.

A life mem­ber of the club, Fisi­iahi has been an A-grade player as well as a coach and trainer for more than 20 years.

Sev­eral weeks ago, the 39-yearold sus­tained a bro­ken cheek­bone in a com­pet­i­tive match against Cam­bridge Park.

The St Marys res­i­dent went in for a tackle and was met with a knee to the cheek.

He was rushed to hospital and un­der­went surgery a few days later.

Fisi­iahi told The Stan­dard he was al­ready back on the field.

“I am al­ready back coach­ing the kids — but I am not push­ing it,” Mr Fisi­iahi said.

“I have been coach­ing for 15 years and I love it; it is a ma­jor part of my life.

“My whole fam­ily is in the club — my sons, my neph­ews — so I was very keen to get back.”

De­spite a three-month re­cov­ery time, Coly­ton Colts sec­re­tary Kirsty Chaszczewski said ev­ery­one knew they hadn’t seen the last of Fisi­iahi.

“This is not the first time Pouli has had an in­jury like this,” Mrs Chaszczewski said.

“Pouli went straight back to coach the kids; he was at the next train­ing ses­sion.

“Noth­ing is ever too hard for him, that’s just how he is.

“He has to have three months off but he said he is com­ing back to train next week. I think he will def­i­nitely play an­other sea­son as this year is his 20th year with the club.”

Mrs Chaszczewski cred­ited much of the club’s suc­cess to Fisi­iahi and named him as one of the Colts’ most valu­able mem­bers.

“He will help any­one — his team even goes to his house to get ready, and just this week he said he would pay for some of the kids’ rego as they were strug­gling,” Mrs Chaszczewski said.

“We held a func­tion at the club and Pouli got his fam­ily to come and dance and per­form for ev­ery­one with a cul­tural Ton­gan dance.

“They didn’t ac­cept any pay­ment, and all the money that was raised on the night he do­nated straight back to the club.”

Pic­ture: Phillip Rogers

Coly­ton Colts life mem­ber Pouli Fisi­iahi is back on deck de­spite hav­ing surgery on a bro­ken cheek­boneeek­bone just a few weeks ago.

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