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Wrecking ball FPN leads the way for the Roosters

Frank-Paul Nuuausala loves the Roosters.
Wrecking ball FPN leads the way for the Roosters
by NRL

Frank-Paul Nuuausala loves the Roosters.

He made his NRL debut against the Dragons in 2007.

He has matured and grown up from a young man to a club leader and respected member of the Tricolours family, who this weekend will take to the field against the Dragons for his 100th NRL appearance.

"I absolutely love the place," Nuuausala said.

"I love the Roosters they have changed my life, they have given me an opportunity to go down a different path."

"I'm so proud to have played all my games in the Roosters colours."

Whilst Nuuausala likes to keep a low-profile off the field, he's definitely identifiable on the field and around the playing group with his team mates.

"I just like keeping to myself."

"I try really hard every week but I just don't enjoy the attention too much, I just like to do my own thing and let my actions do the talking and do the club proud."

It's not just the club Franky represents every time he throws the Roosters jersey on.

If you ever get the chance to walk in to the reception at Roosters HQ you could be excused for thinking it was a bit of a loading dock.

It's not unusual for there to be a few oversized boxes at a time full of Roosters merchandise ready to be shipped back to the Nuuausala family in NZ, all at Frank's expense.

He is after all, one of 13 children.

"Family means a lot to me," he said.

"I didn't really have much when I was a kid so I really like to look after my family."

An admirable act from a young man who in such a young squad is also developing in to a leader on the field.

"I guess I kind of have to be a leader here now and I don't mind it is something I'm enjoying," he said.

"I just like to lead with my actions and get the boys to follow."

His own actions have been pretty hard to follow so far this season.

Nuuausala has been a handful for opposition defences again in 2012 but he has also added a handy pass at the line to his repertoire.

"I am trying to mix it up a bit," he said.

"Instead of just running all the time I have worked hard at adding the occasional pass at the line to my game so I have more options and am less predictable."

Nuuausala will be on a mission this Friday night as the Tricolours aim to find some momentum, and the New Zealand international is confident we can get the job done.

"We need to play together to the best of our ability and have belief in our ability and play as one."

Frank Paul Nuuausala the talented debutant took to the field when the Tricolours defeated the Dragons in 2007, Frank-Paul Nuuausala the established leader, will hopefully repeat the dose this Friday night.

ROOSTERS v DRAGONS
Allianz Stadium
Fri 3rd Aug 2012
7.30pm

Roosters: 1 Anthony Minichiello, 2 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 3 Joseph Leilua, 4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 5 Tautau Moga, 6 Braith Anasta [c], 7 Mitchell Pearce, 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9 Jake Friend, 10 Frank Paul Nuuausala, 11 Aidan Guerra, 12 Boyd Cordner, 13 Tinirau Arona. Subs: 14 Nafe Seluini, 15 Lama Tasi, 16 Mitchell Aubusson, 17 Martin Kennedy, 20 Brad Takairangi (one to be omitted).

Dragons: 1 Jason Nightingale, 2 Brett Morris, 3 Chase Stanley, 4 Nathan Green, 5 Daniel Vidot, 6 Nathan Fien, 7 Ben Hornby [c], 8 Dan Hunt, 9 Mitch Rein, 10 Trent Merrin, 11 Matt Prior, 12 Ben Creagh, 13 Dean Young. Subs: 14 Cameron King, 15 Josh Miller, 16 Will Matthews, 17 Jack de Belin, 19 Jake Marketo, 22 Lesson Ah Mau (two to be omitted).


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