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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