選手リレー日記(第35回)マレ・サウ Male Sa'u

My name is Male Sa'u I am of Samoan descent, I am the youngest of 3 children (1 older brother and 1 older sister) and I was born and raised in South Auckland, New Zealand. At the age of 7 I started to play rugby for my local rugby club but didn’t really enjoy it until my dad started bribing me to play well every Saturday and he would buy me some McDonalds and rent me a PlayStation game if I scored a try. 


I played club rugby until I was 15. There were times where I didn’t want to go to training but my father would push me to go and drive me to training even if he was tired from work. Now that I look back, I am grateful to him for always forcing me and the sacrifices he made.


I moved onto first 15 rugby where I was coached by some great mentors who helped me see rugby as a potential career as I wasn’t interested in school academically. When I finished school I was able to sign with Counties Manukau and as I trained I was lucky enough to be selected to represent counties in the nz u19 trials then from there I was selected to represent NZ at the junior world cup and then the following year I was blessed enough to be selected for the NZ under 21s.



After 2 years at counties I was approached by my high school coach/ mentor Waisake Sotutu asking if I wanted to come to Japan to experience the rugby here...and that’s when my journey in Japan rugby started. I came over in 2008 at 20 years old with my wife and daughter with the intention of playing for only 2 years then going home to fulfill my childhood dream of playing super rugby but after 2 years I adapted to the rugby well and my family and I started to really enjoy the lifestyle here so I kept extending my stay and became eligible to represent Japan where I was then selected in 2013 and through playing at an International level I was able to pick up a super rugby contract in 2014 with the Melbourne Rebels so I was excited that I was able to accomplish my childhood dream of playing at that level.



 I then went on to represent Japan in the 2015 world cup team. Being a part of the Japanese team that made history was an honor and an experience I will never forget. 


I was then offered a contract with the Auckland Blues, a dream come true. In 2018 I decided after 10 years at Yamaha it was time for change so I was blessed enough to pick up a contract with Toyota Verblitz where I am now going onto my 3rd season.




Through the years I welcomed 2 more children (a girl and a boy) and they have all attended Japanese schools where they have learnt the language and culture. We often like to travel and experience all the fun things Japan has to offer. The lifestyle in Japan has been amazing and the people are so kind and friendly, we enjoy living here a lot. when I’m not training or playing rugby, I enjoy playing my PlayStation online with friends. I also enjoy finding new restaurants to eat at and new foods to try but my favorite food of all time is sushi and ramen.






I just want to thank the fans who have followed me through my career in Japan and for all of the support I have received during my years here. Please come and support Toyota and we will do our best to become champions of japan top league.





thank you




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