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Warriors pay tribute to Sonny Fai

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by mozgrame, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    NRL players from the Warriors have made a poignant return to an Auckland beach which claimed the life of a teammate nearly three years ago.

    The Warriors conducted a pre-season training session at Bethells Beach, west of Auckland, for the first time since forward Sonny Fai disappeared on January 4, 2009.

    The gifted young player couldn't make it back to shore after helping rescue his brother and four cousins when they encountered difficulties in the surf. Fai's body was never recovered.

    Players and staff from the club held a brief ceremony to honour Fai before a training session in the sand hills.

    Bethells Beach was a traditional off-season training venue for the club but the Warriors hadn't used it since the Fai tragedy.

    A club statement said Warriors stalwart and newly-appointed strength and conditioning coach Ruben Wiki encouraged the players to draw on Fai's spirit if they found themselves in a "dark place" during the gruelling training session.
  2. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Amazing that it's been that long. Died a hero in everyone's eyes :angel:
  3. eagleE

    eagleE Active Member

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    Still remember it clearly. It was a sad day for the Warriors and NZ. I remember Steve Price crying at the press conference shortly after. Forever stick in my mind. I'm glad Manly have moved to honour Jason Annear and hope they do something for the first home game next year.
  4. Stevo

    Stevo Well-Known Member

    Old Bar, NSW
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    Just on Jason Annear, has anyone heard anymore about how he actually came to be so close to a cliff edge? It's a very strange situation.
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  5. silvertail

    silvertail Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Sonny Fai, rest in peace. So, so sad. Still makes me sad. Will always be a special hero in our hearts.

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