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Tuisue Tells

Versatile London Irish forward Albert Tuisue is confident of winning a place in the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians team to Sep­tember’s Japan Rugby World Cup. Tuisue made his debut off-the-bench
19 Jan 2019 10:01
Tuisue  Tells
London Irish Exiles flanker Albert Tuisue

Versatile London Irish forward Albert Tuisue is confident of winning a place in the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians team to Sep­tember’s Japan Rugby World Cup.

Tuisue made his debut off-the-bench for the English club on Mon­day, in a 47-12 win against Richmond in the Greene King IPA Champion­ship Rugby.

The win further enhanced Tuisue’s Exiles chances of promotion to Pre­miership Rugby this year.

London Irish used the 6 foot 3 inch­es Kadavu native in the flanker’s po­sition, though Tuisue is also equally comfortable as a lock forward.

“It was a great feeling making my debut for London Irish,” Tuisue told SUNsports from London.

 

“The level of competition here is tough but I am determined to succeed and know I can make it big in Europe.”

Tuisue’s versatility – a rare quality these days – has proved an important asset for the teams he has represented; as was seen in his displays for the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua last season.

One of Tuisue’s best qualities is his fight­ing aggression on the ground in ruck situa­tions.

That, coupled with his robust tackling, earned him a spot in John McKee’s Flying Fijians squad for last November’s European tour.

“I am ready to work hard and prove myself for a place in the team to Japan,” he said.

“It won’t be easy because we have some top talent in the team but I am confident in my abilities and I’m determined to succeed.”

 

Adjusting to an overseas team environment with London Irish was not difficult for Tu­isue, given his experience in Australia’s Na­tional Rugby Championship with the Great­er Sydney Rams.

The English cold, however, has been anoth­er story altogether.

“The climatic conditions have been my big­gest challenge,” he said.

“I heard a lot about the cold before coming here, and it was not until I arrived that I un­derstood the full extent of it.”

At 25-years-old, age is still on the side of the former Policeman.

London Irish Director of Rugby Declan Kid­ney believes Tuisue is a talent for the future, who is yet to hit his peak.

“He has international experience but is still young, and we believe that he has the po­tential to become a good player for us,” Rice said on the team’s official website.

Tuisue made his international debut for Fiji in the 19-27 loss to Tonga in June 2018 at Churchill Park, Lautoka.

He has since played three more times for Fiji, including a substitute appearance in the historic 21-17 victory against France last November at the Stade de France in Paris.

Tuisue is part of a strong pool of upcom­ing young talent in the 15s set-up and has the potential to play for Fiji for the next 10 years or so.

“My faith in God has helped me become a better player and I’m indebted to him for what I have achieved,” Tuisue said.

“My thanks also go to my parents, whose support has been the source of my strength over the years which has also helped me stay determined and disciplined.”

-Edited by Osea Bola

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