We grew up playing League, but switched codes when we attended St. Edmund's in Canberra. We both played as back rowers, but It was our 1st XV coach that made us switch positions. I was instructed to trim down and speed up and (much to his delight) Saia was told to beef up to become a hooker—he hasn’t stopped eating since.
Saia was selected to join the Brumbies academy at just 14, played in the Australian schoolboys teams in 2003 & 04 and captained the World Championship winning (thanks to my drop goal) u19’s team in 2006. That same year Saia played his first Super Rugby game for the ACT Brumbies against the Stormers in Cape Town. Saia’s rise continued in 2007 playing 11 Matches in Super Rugby that year.
In 2009, when we both made the move to the QLD Reds to continue on our dream to play together. In 2011 Saia stepped up as a non-stop hard worker whose pumping leg drives bullocked him through defenders all season, he was rewarded with a wallabies call up and every game gave his all.
My proudest moments have been Saia’s achievements, he has always led the way for me. Like a great big brother he drives me to not be left behind, he sets the path for me to follow. We are each other’s biggest critics and each other’s biggest supporters.
After years of blood sweat and tears, working together to reach our childhood goal; in July 2011, I was selected to join Saia in the Wallabies 22 to play against New Zealand in Melbourne. When I called mum to tell her, she pulled out our grade 1 project and told us to set a new goal because we had achieved our biggest.