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By NSW Waratahs Media unit
NSW Waratahs prop Angus Ta’avao is back for round nine of the Vodafone Super Rugby, after missing close to six months after suffering a broken leg in the NRC semi-final in 2016.
While his road to recovery has been a long one, there was a silver lining to the timing of the injury worked to Ta’avao’s.
“You don’t want to be out of the game for any amount of time, but for the last six months worked out quite well for me.”
“We welcomed our first child, my little baby boy (Leo), who’s been in hospital. Being injured has allowed me time to train and then get to the hospital and look after my little boy,” Angus reflected.
“As they say, everything happens for a reason and our stars have aligned - as I make my return to Super Rugby and he is just about to get out of hospital.”
After the long rehabilitation process off-field, Ta’avao has earned back his stripes and has been been working hard towards pulling on the sky blue of New South Wales. His most recent endeavour was in the form of a cameo for Northern Suburbs in their victory over Southern Districts last Friday night.
“It was awesome to get out and play for Norths last week. It was good to get back out there and like I said it’s been a long, draining six months – you come in, you train, you do rehab, but you’re not really involved with the boys.
“Being named in the side this week, it’s exciting being back out there with the brothers and I’m really looking forward to the game,” he said.
Despite being a regular feature in the NSW Waratahs line up last season, Ta’avao knows how competitive the front row positions are.
“Having that much competition only brings the best out of everyone. You’ve got guys like David Lolohea who’ve come in and done an awesome job.”
“Kepu is back from France and he’s learnt a few things and brings plenty of experience. Then on the loosehead side you’ve got Tom Robertson and Paddy Ryan punching it out in that role. On top of that you’ve got young guys like Sam Needs coming through.”
The NSW Waratahs take on the Southern Kings at Allianz Stadium on Friday 21 April, 7:40PM, AEST.
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Northern Suburbs will be out to defend their 2016 premiership title while the Warringah Rats will be determined to secure their first victory since 2005 in Saturday’s Shute Shield Grand Final to be played at North Sydney Oval.