Ngani Laumape opens up about playing for his parents, who moved to NZ for a better life for their kids

Headlines 30/10/2020

One of Aotearoa's most devastatng ball runners is set to make his return to test footy, with Hurricanes mid-fielder Ngani Laumape coming off the bench against the Wallabies this Saturday.

The explosive young talent says he is grateful to be back in the team, "I'm always trying to get better in my game, but for me it's about going out there and just having fun.

"I just love representing my family and my mum and dad," said Laumape.

Speaking to All Blacks TV, the 27-year-old opened up on his career and the crucial role his parents have played.

"Mum and Dad came from Tonga, didn't know any English but came for a better life for their kids. The only way I can repay my parents is going out there and putting my best foot forward.

"We didn't really have much growing up. I remember when I was young we worked on the farm picking asparagus and peas and courgettes.

"I used to hate school holidays because I had to work on the farm, picking peas."

Understandably all those hours spent picking veggies has left Ngani with very little desire to get stuck into them anytime soon.

"I'm still angry at those peas and asparagus. You pick them and the next day they're growing twice as big and you have to cut them again. That's why I've got a sore back.

"I hated it so much I just trained, promised I'm not going back to work on those farms."

After some outstanding performances in Super Rugby, Laumape's run of form was cut short due to an arm injury in July.

"Hopefully, I get out there and get an opportunity, but yeah, it's been tough watching from the sidelines."

Despite the set back, support from whānau and in particular his partner, have put Laumape in a good headspace ahead of his comeback game.

"She helped me get through those days where it was tough. I give it all to my partner and the man above.

"My partner takes care of things that people don't see. I'm a true believer if you have a happy home everything else will take care of itself.

"Hopefully, I can put my kids in a good position so when they grow up they can be whatever they want to be," he said.

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