Wreck shatters dreams for Samoa A List

The SRU truck during the incident at Vaoala two weeks ago. [Samoa Observer]

The word disappointing doesn’t cut it. Heartbreaking is close. As a matter of fact, no amount of words can describe the agony experienced by five players who were injured when the SRU truck crashed on Saturday, two weeks ago.

The players will not be in the Samoa A list when the team is announced later this week. And that has left at least one of them, unsure about his future.

“This was supposed to be my future career to support my family and to serve Samoa.” Vailele Saofa’iga, like most young Samoan men, had a dream of being a professional rugby player and of wearing the much sought-after royal blue Manu Samoa shirt.

That dream is now in tatters as he lies in the Acute Seven ward of Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital suffering a broken neck and a bruised hip. The 22 year old is one of 5 Samoa ‘A’ training squad players admitted after the SRU truck accident at Vaoala last Saturday.

Speaking to the Sunday Samoan, he said he is now not sure about his future career as a rugby player. What is s
ure though is he is no longer part of the Samoa ‘A’ coach’s immediate plans. “The doctors have recommended that the injured players from the accident need up to six weeks to recover,” said coach, Fepulea’i Selefuti Patu.

In a telephone interview yesterday, Saofa’iga said he is still in pain from the wounds he received from the accident last week.
“I know for sure I will not be picked for the Samoa ‘A’ squad next week,” he said.


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