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Sauaso Sue will make his first starting appearance for Wests Tigers against Cronulla Sharks at Allianz Stadium this Friday night.

So who is Sauaso Sue? Here is an insight into the talented young forward who was a part of the Wests Tigers premiership winning NYC side from last year. Sue has impressed Coach Mick Potter coming off the bench since making his NRL debut against the Dragons at the SCG in round six.

WT: What is the meaning behind your name, Sauaso?

Sauaso:My full name is Sauaso Jesse Sue. If you translate it in English, Sauaso means come day. It was my grandfathers name so it has a special meaning to me. My cousin in Samoa use to call me come day and I didnt like it.

WT: Now I know why everyone at Wests Tigers calls you Jesse then?

SauasoAs long as they dont start calling me, come day, Im happy.

WT: Tell us about the Sue family?

SauasoWe have a small family. Mum, Dad and two siblings. Jireh is 13 and Mai is two. Im very proud of my Samoan heritage.

WT: A little sister, do you enjoy playing the role of big brother?

Sauaso:I love it. I even help with the nappies as long as there are no number twos in there (laughing).

WT: Whats your favourite Samoan dish?

Sauaso:Definitely chop sui. Its traditional Samoan food. Its meat, veges and soy sauce. Im a pretty good chef. Mum started me cooking from a very young age.

WT: You went to James Meehan High School at Macquarie Fields. What were your best and worst subjects?

Sauaso:Ancient history and geography were my favourites. Worst subject was maths. But I was well behaved, I was on the sly behind the teachers (laughing).

WT: How were you feeling when you made your NRL debut at the SCG?

Sauaso:It actually came earlier than I expected when Benny Murdoch-Masila got hurt in the first 15 minutes. We were joking around before the game and he said he was feeling really fit that day (laughing).

WT: Who are you closest with at the club?

Sauaso: All the Polynesian boys are close but blokes like Benny Murdoch-Masila and Marika Koroibete. Jack Buchanan sits amongst the Polynesian boys as well (laughing). He loves the culture, the way we speak, and he jokes around with us. We might have to make him a fully fledged Samoan.

WT: Finally, what TV show would you do best at, Survivor, Masterchef or Dancing with The Stars?

Sauaso: Definitely Survivor, because Im big, Im fit, I can cook and Id be a good hunter.

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