It is always hard to convince a player from a Union background to stay, and for talented Titans youngster Lausi’i Taliauli, he intends to follow former Titans speedster Shannon Walker back to Union, after being called into the Australian Sevens side.
Taliauli, at 194cm and 100kg was set to make his World Series debut, but a groin injury prevented him from doing so, in front of a home crowd at Skilled Park.
Whilst the talented Titans youngster was handed a league contract by the Titans a few years back, union has always been his first love, and when the chance arose to return to it, he could not pass it up.
“I loved it for the first couple of months with league, I loved the contact but then I just started missing my rugby union, I just love it more than league,” Taliauli said.
“I thought I’d make a change, come back to my roots, come back and play union.”
It is no secret that the Titans Toyota Cup side have struggled in recent years, and for Taliauli, who was one of the side’s most consistent players, he is looking forward to the space and freedom of the World Sevens.
“I just like the open space to get the ball and have a dig,” said Taliauli.
“With 15s, it’s pretty hard and there’s not as much space, you’ve just got to make that space.”
Taliauli started training with the Australian Sevens two months ago, but has yet to turn out for the Australian side – but the groin injury will prevent him from playing this time around.
“I would have loved it with my family coming down to watch me,” a disappointed Taliauli said.
“All my family’s here on the Gold Coast. They were looking forward to me playing but that’s what happens.”
Despite the setback, however, Taliauli says that he cannot wait for the numerous international opportunities that lie ahead of him.
“I haven’t travelled much. I’ve only been to New Zealand and Australia and I’d really love to travel the world, that’s what I was really looking forward to too,” Taliauli said.