Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Home Is Where the Heart Is for Rooster; NRL Star's Thoughts Are with Family in Goodna

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Home Is Where the Heart Is for Rooster; NRL Star's Thoughts Are with Family in Goodna

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Byline: Paul Smeaton paul.smeaton@qt.com.au

TO SAY family is important to Sydney Roosters forward Lama Tasi is possibly the understatement of the year.

Anyone who has the opportunity to sit down and chat to the former Goodna Eagles enforcer will quickly find out family comes first, second and last on his list of priorities.

It's not surprising then the Auckland born 21-year-old was smiling from ear to ear this week as he spent Christmas with his family at their Goodna home.

The oldest of seven children, Lama said he was finally getting used to life in Sydney but Goodna is never far from his thoughts.

aIt (Sydney) was hard at the start, but at the end of the day you just have to think you're doing it for your family and yourself,a Lama said.

aI come home whenever I can.

aObviously during the off-season, whenever I get a couple of days off or even when we have the bye.a

Lama will return to Sydney next week after enjoying a 10-day break with proud dad Faasaai, mum Sialaia and siblings Sia, 19, Tautaltasi, 17, Sani, 15, Faatali, 13, Anne-Marie, 10 and Laki 8. …

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