Adam Wetere Pompey, Tupou Vaai and Suetena Asomua are the latest rugby and league talent to come out of Wesley College in Pukekohe.
A talented trio of athletes are the latest Wesley College students looking to break-out on the sporting field.
Wesley College students, Suetena Asomua and Tupou Vai have been selected as part of the New Zealand Barbarians School Rugby squad and Adam Wetere Pompey will next year join the Sydney Roosters under 20’s squad.
Over the years the South Auckland boarding school with a roll of 250 students has produced a number of sporting superstars – none bigger than the late Jonah Lomu.
Pompey first signed a development deal with the Roosters in 2015 and in July he made his debut for the under 20’s team, playing three games in the Holden Cup competition.
The Year 13 student would fly to Australia for games on a Friday and return home for school on Sundays.
“It was good to have a crack at under 20’s,” Pompey said.
“I’ve just got to get use to it.”
Building up his skills on defence has been key in his switch to the 13 a side game.
Despite the fact he will miss his family and friends, Pompey said his goal is to work towards playing in the NRL.
“It’s just making sure I know my goal and work hard for my dream.”
Year 12 student, Tupou Vaai, has had a busy year with rugby having been invited to take part in a Waikato Chiefs training camp and then being named in the Barbarians’ team.
The team will play a series of test against Australia and Fiji school teams next month, and Vaai said he can’t wait for the opportunity to wear the black jersey.
“I’d like to see how well I can go and how far I can get to.”
Vaai has been listening closely to the advice of his cousin, Counties Manukau Steeler tighthead Kalolo Tuiloma, especially when it comes yo-yo fitness testing.
“He’s been giving tips and stuff about what’s coming up.”
When Year 13 student, Suetena Asomua, came to Wesley he was a rugby-league player and a teacher encouraged him to make the switch.
“He knew my success through rugby league and he told me ‘hey would you mind giving rugby a shot’.”
However, Asomua has grown to enjoy how rugby is a more inclusive team sport, and one day hopes to play for the Steelers.
“In rugby everyone gets a touch of the ball no one’s standing there doing nothing. You’re either running with the ball, chasing the ball or blowing over those rucks.”
Asomua said he’s now ready for a taste of international rugby.
“I’m expecting a fast and physical game – it’s probably gonna be the hardest game I’ve ever played.
“It’s international teams now – it’s not just school boys rugby.