Chris Feauai-Sautia ready to take 'last-chance' with Brumbies

Fri, 08/10/2021, 10:47 pm
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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New Brumby Chris Feauai-Sautia is preparing to take his new opportunity with both hands, conceding it might be his last.

Feauai-Sautia was left out of the Reds squad in 2021, forcing him overseas with French club Oyonnax.

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Having suffered injuries throughout his career, the former Wallaby was working hard to repay the faith shown by Dan McKellar and the Brumbies as he signs a one-year deal for the 2022 Super Pacific season.

“I’m just hungry to get back into Super Rugby. It’s probably my last chance in Super Rugby given my age is catching up to me,” he told the media on Friday.

“(The body) is going really good. The Brumbies have a very good rehab program so I’m just grateful for them for looking out for me and knowing my history.

“I’m been working really hard to stay on top of my injuries.”

He concedes his return was a lot sooner than expected, with COVID curtailing his stint in Europe before a desire to return home saw him head to the nation's capital.

“In my mindset, I was planning on staying overseas for a while but it didn’t really work out because of COVID,” he admitted.

“I just wanted to go back to family so I’m just grateful for the Brumbies for giving me this opportunity to be here.

“I was there for half a season but it was very different the style that they play to Super Rugby, it’s a real physical and forwards game. My team based our game on possession so we kicked a lot. It was a bit different but I enjoyed it.”

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He joins a Brumbies backline stacked with Wallaby experience, with the likes of Len Ikitau and Tom Banks solidifying their spot in the national set-up.

Along with this, he will joined in camp by Noah Lolesio, Andy Muirhead and Ryan Lonergan, who will return with a point to prove after being left out of the Spring Tour squad.

“Most of the boys are in the Wallabies system and I’m just really excited to compete with them and push them,” he added.

“It makes the team and myself better. I know most of them personally as well so it’s going to be really good.”

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