Lolesio mastering bumpy road in maiden Super Rugby season

Super Rugby
by Emma Greenwood

Noah Lolesio's transition from Junior Wallabies star to Super Rugby regular has been a bumpy road - but off the field rather than on it.

The flyhalf has started every game for the Brumbies, making a near-seamless transition to the senior professional ranks on the field.

"I've gone pretty well. I thought the first seven rounds we were going pretty well, only losing one match just at the end," he said of the Brumbies' one-point loss to the Highlanders at GIO Stadium in round three.

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"I've loved every moment and hopefully the Super Rugby season can continue so we can keep playing."

It's the adversity off the field that has been more challenging.

And it's not only been the coronavirus crisis that has plagued the Brumbies, with the bush fires forcing the team to relocate their training base to Newcastle in the pre-season before several members of the team were hit by the mumps last month.

"We've had a bit of a rough start outside of the footy but we can only control what we can do," Lolesio said.

"Obviously the stuff that's happening around the cities is out of our control, so it's obviously difficult times for us at the moment but hopefully we just stay together and get through it."

Through it all though, the Brumbies players are determined to band together, not only for themselves but to act as an example to their wider community, something that has been a driving force for the club this season.

"We've been speaking about that since pre-season, firstly with the fires," the 20-year-old said.

"We just wanted to give back to our community and especially now with this coronavirus stuff.

"It's obviously difficult times for all of us and hopefully we can get back on the field and just show the way we play to the fans  so that we really appreciate it."