The Courier-Mail

HARD WORK BEARS FRUIT

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the love of my fam­ily. I want to sup­port them more than any­thing.

“I’d love to wake up and know my job is train­ing and play­ing. That’s what I’d like to do.”

Lelei­si­uao left his fam­ily in Auck­land in 2011 to live with an un­cle in Mel­bourne.

He started play­ing rugby league and a move to Lo­gan with his fam­ily in 2013 saw him pur­sue a pro­fes­sional ca­reer af­ter five years as a hip hop dancer.

“I went to the Hip Hop In­ter­na­tion­als in Las Ve­gas two years in a row,” he said.

“I just got sick of it. I wasn’t fully com­mit­ting my­self or get­ting any­thing out of it. I wasn’t do­ing any­thing so I thought I’d take up rugby league. I’d never taken in­ter­est in a full sea­son.

“I’ve grown a love for full­back. My run­ning game is bet­ter than my pass­ing game.’’

Un­der-20 play­ers are re­quired to work or study away from football but Lelei­si­uao’s sched­ule is far more de­mand­ing than most.

He starts work at the Rock­lea Mar­kets in Bris­bane at 3am, then catches a train to Robina in the af­ter­noon to train with the Ti­tans.

Ti­tans un­der-20s coachBen Woolf can see plenty of pos­i­tives in Lelei­si­uao.

He av­er­ages eight tackle breaks a game and regularly runs more than 200m.

“He puts a bit into it with his work and train­ing,” Woolf said.

“He’s a strong pow­er­ful run­ner of the ball who can beat his man.’’

 ??  ?? Pic­ture: Glenn Hamp­son
Pic­ture: Glenn Hamp­son

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