Rugby the common thread in Coleman's global family

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by Beth Newman

Adam Coleman’s family is spread across the globe, but they all find a central focus when there’s a Test on.

Coleman’s father played rugby for Tonga and the Western Force lock, who arrived in Perth via Hobart and Sydney, has relatives from Auckland to the USA.

When he plays, though, they all seem to find him pretty quickly.

“I suppose rugby life in a Tongan family is everything,” he said

“It's massive over in Tonga, it's massive for my family.

“I've always got the uncles and aunties pushing me pretty hard and giving me that feedback after games, getting those phone calls - "Why did you drop that ball?",’ he joked.

“They're really supportive and I think without that support network I wouldn't be here today.”

Adam Coleman at training. Photo: Getty ImagesWallabies rookie Coleman has had to reassess his goals in the past eight weeks.

With a feeling that rugby was in his blood, Coleman always had in his mind a goal to play for the Wallabies, an end game that has been completely reassessed in the past two months.

Almost two months ago, he finally did, standing alongside good mate and Force teammate Dane Haylett-Petty.

“I was standing next to Dane when I was singing the national anthem, that was a pretty special moment,” he said.

“We're pretty good mates and having someone very familiar next to me made me feel a bit more comfortable.”

Coleman hasn’t played since that third Test, after discovering a bulging disc in his neck and a pinched nerve that left him with little control of his right arm after the Test series.

“I had a bulged disc in my C5 and I pinched the nerve so I couldn't actually control my right arm properly,” he said.

“It was a bit touch and go there for a little bit I 'm back into contact and enjoying it.”

Adam Coleman made his Test debut in June. Photo: Getty ImagesInto national camp the second time around, things are a little more familiar for Coleman but there’s still the lure of starting a Test, winning a Test and winning one of the Wallabies’ most important series of the year - the Bledisloe Cup.

“I definitely had to reset my goals now I think,” he said.

“All my goals were to play for the Wallabies and now I've achieved that I think the hunger's even grown more to aspire for better results and starting obviously,” he said.

“So pushing for my position in camp that's what my big focus is and just keep pushing myself.

“Don't look too far ahead but just take baby steps but just compete every day.”

A Bledisloe Cup outing wouldn’t quite be the pinnacle for Coleman, though.

“I think winning a Bledisloe would mean more than anything else,” he said.

“Playing it would be amazing but we're not there just to play , we're there to really enjoy that moment with the one goal in mind.”