Tuisue Forgives

Tough No.8, Tuisova, Mawi, Mayanavanua On Track For November Test Matches
19 Oct 2021 12:25
Tuisue Forgives
Flying Fijians forward, Albert Tuisue.

Burly Flying Fijians forward, Albert Tuisue, has forgiven the young rugby player who racially abused him early this year.

Tuisue, a former Police officer, revealed this to London’s The Telegraph newspaper and even indicated why he decided not to take the young player to court.

“I said no, give them a chance,” Tuisue told The Telegraph.

“They were a young rugby player too, maybe based in Wales, and I wanted them to continue to grow their rugby.

“I did not care who they were, because they did not know me, they did not know my family, or anything about me. Sometimes, the right way to deal with a crime like that is for the person to learn from it, think twice, and to not repeat it again. To give them a second chance.”

The London Irish No. 8 received a racist message on Instagram following a game against Newcastle Falcons. After informing the club, a Police investigation was launched, with the perpetrator identified as, shockingly, a young rugby player.

Two officers came to Tuisue’s house and asked if he wanted to take the person to court, to which he said no. London Irish’s director of rugby Declan Kidney said Tuisue has grown since when he first joined them three years ago.

“He’s blossomed really, hasn’t he?” Kidney said of one of the Premiership’s most imposing No 8s. From the way you see him play, he is a different person, very quiet off the pitch. A top-class man.

“If he tells you to do something, you never have to question it, it always gets done. He had a lot of physicality but he’s mixing that now with better ball sense, better understanding. There is more growth in him. I think we are just in the prime of his career.”

This week, Tuisue is expected to be named in the Flying Fijians squad for the November Test matches against Spain, Wales and Georgia.

On Sunday, he starred for his club as they held Gloucester 25-25 in a Premiership clash at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Also, impressive was prop Eroni Mawi who scored a try for Saracens as they thrashed Bath 71-17.

In the French Top 14, blockbusting winger Josua Tuisova started for Lyon with lock Temo Mayanavanua. They ended Toulouse’s winning run 25-19.

Tuisue, Mawi, Tuisova and Mayanavanua are expected to be in Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter’s list.

Additional information from The Telegraph newspaper, London



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