Leaner West Harbour forward Andrew Tuala playing for Super Rugby contract in 2018

After dropping 14kg over summer, West Harbour forward Andrew Tuala has set his sights on a Super Rugby contract. The former Newcastle Wanderers hooker got his first taste of the big time last weekend when he was called into the Melbourne Rebels squad to play the Brumbies and did enough to earn a spot in the Rebels squad for this weekend’s Brisbane 10s. Not bad for a bloke who a few months earlier was ready to give up on his dream. “I was going to give up after this Shute Shield if nothing happened, come back to Newcastle, play local footy and look after my family,” Tuala told the Newcastle Herald. “Now I have this sniff at the Rebels, it gave me a spark and hopefully, if I have another good Shute Shield season, something comes up.” Tuala quickly became a favourite of Pirates coach Todd Louden last season, but returns as a different player in 2018 after a big off season. “I was 139kg by the end of the campaign with the Rams in the National Rugby Championshi
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