NRC: Big Sam Aiming For the Big Time With City

  by Paul Cook - While most players’ participation in the NRC followed logistical or geographical lines, big Sam Talakai took a circuitous route towards his involvement in Australia’s burgeoning third tier competition. A feature of Sydney University’s front row for the last four seasons, Talakai’s obvious pathway was through the Sydney Stars, the side formed through a merging of Sydney Uni and suburban club side Balmain. But when Brisbane City coach Nick Stiles offered the tight head prop a chance to show his wares on the other side of the Tweed, he couldn’t turn it down. Especially as it was the second time Stiles had come calling. Back in September 2011, Talakai had just featured in the Shute Shield Grand Final for the Students, starting ahead of now Waratah and Wallaby prop Paddy Ryan, when
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