Fresh focus for Tui after emotional RLWC

Fresh focus for Tui after emotional RLWC

James Mullan
Thu 7th December, 03:00PM

Tuimoala Lolohea has reported to Wests Tigers pre-season training with a strong desire to learn after a stellar 2017 Rugby League World Cup campaign with Tonga.

Despite the scorching temperature and rigorous training drills, Lolohea couldn’t hold back his signature cheeky grin when talking about the feeling of being back at Concord.

“It’s so good to be back with these boys," he said.

“It was pretty tough, and it’s just good to blow out the cobwebs a bit.

"I just want to get my body right for the season coming up — that’s the most important thing.

“Hopefully I can add a bit of my knowledge to help out some boys and hopefully I can learn of some of the other boys as well and we can really be in a good place for the year ahead."

One player that Lolohea is particularly excited to be back training with is new recruit Ben Matulino, whom the fleet-footed fullback burst on to the scene with back at the Warriors.

“We were pretty close back home in New Zealand so it’s good to see him again," Lolohea said.

"I know what Benny’s like — he would have been nervous to jump on board at a new club.

“But coming here now he looks pretty good and in good shape and that’s awesome for us.”

”It’s going to take some time to learn all these new boys’ names and get familiar with them all, but I’m really looking forward to the roster we have here and the year ahead."

Real Positive kid
Fresh face to the club
Keen to get back after his commitment
Has a Buddy in Big Ben joining Him

Now that will run through this club under Ivan and I’m sure others will take the same attitude

Don’t be shocked if we end up playing Finals Footy in 2018 it can be done


2018 Stand Out players
Tui
Taylor ( C )
Nofo
Packer

I would’ve thought they’d give him a few weeks off after the WC.

Sounds keen tho & hope he has a great year.

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Fresh focus for Tui after emotional RLWC

James Mullan
Thu 7th December, 03:00PM

Tuimoala Lolohea has reported to Wests Tigers pre-season training with a strong desire to learn after a stellar 2017 Rugby League World Cup campaign with Tonga.

Despite the scorching temperature and rigorous training drills, Lolohea couldn’t hold back his signature cheeky grin when talking about the feeling of being back at Concord.

“It’s so good to be back with these boys," he said.

“It was pretty tough, and it’s just good to blow out the cobwebs a bit.

"I just want to get my body right for the season coming up — that’s the most important thing.

“Hopefully I can add a bit of my knowledge to help out some boys and hopefully I can learn of some of the other boys as well and we can really be in a good place for the year ahead."

One player that Lolohea is particularly excited to be back training with is new recruit Ben Matulino, whom the fleet-footed fullback burst on to the scene with back at the Warriors.

“We were pretty close back home in New Zealand so it’s good to see him again," Lolohea said.

"I know what Benny’s like — he would have been nervous to jump on board at a new club.

“But coming here now he looks pretty good and in good shape and that’s awesome for us.”

”It’s going to take some time to learn all these new boys’ names and get familiar with them all, but I’m really looking forward to the roster we have here and the year ahead."

What a turnaround from the attitude of the “departed 3” we had going into 2017….Their attitude was all about how best to screw the club over…Good on you Tui…This kid is a keeper…yes he may be rocks and diamonds on the field sometimes and that may frustrate some, but the good will outweigh the bad.

Cleary has recruited on attitude - and I like it. Breath of fresh air. No media standard one-liners, just realistic positive comments.

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I would’ve thought they’d give him a few weeks off after the WC.

Sounds keen tho & hope he has a great year.

Well he’s had the best part of 2 weeks off, and he’d only be doing light work anyway.

I’m sure I read somewhere that it’s mandatory for players to have a month off after the season and they can’t train with the club officially until they’ve had that.

Cant wait to see him at FB……could be a real goer.

I remember at the warriors he was looking to be a star,fast,light on his feet and steppy.

I don’t think we saw the best of him at 6, and he wasn’t bad.

Looking forward to seeing what tui makes of the fullback position.

Hope he makes it as our fullback , looks like a real talent. I also think Gamble has fullback written all over him. Let’s hope we crack it there, can’t wait to watch both of them next year.

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I’m sure I read somewhere that it’s mandatory for players to have a month off after the season and they can’t train with the club officially until they’ve had that.

Our season finished at the start of September, sadly, so he had plenty of time off.

Training is tapered just before the break…the slog was in the early pre-season…

Back into the hard stuff in January…

Blokes like Lolohea.Twal and Milne would have got a lot of confidence out of the WC…good to have them back at Wests Tigers…

I just hope people give him a fair go and don’t do a Fitzhenry on him. I think he is going to be the type that will win you a few games but he also have the odd shocker. Looking through our squad, he strikes me as one of the few players who could create something or turn a game. So I think he must be given a real go at making the no1 role his.

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I would’ve thought they’d give him a few weeks off after the WC.

Sounds keen tho & hope he has a great year.

seems weird theyve got 3 random players back.

Maybe because Tui is first choice fullback he needs to be there for combos etc

Shedding a few kgs wouldnt hurt either.

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