Scott Sio during an Australia training session.
Scott Sio during an Australia training session. Dan Mullan

Sio inspired by teammate's 'ultimate positivity'

RUGBY UNION: Returning Wallabies prop Scott Sio is taking inspiration from Brumbies teammate Christian Lealiifano as he seeks to revive his own international career after injury.

Sio was named on the bench for Saturday afternoon's clash with Scotland in Sydney after a struggle with a knee injury.

But the 25-year-old said two months in rehab alongside Lealiifano, who was diagnosed with leukemia last August, had put his problems into perspective.

Lealiifano, the Brumbies' co-captain, has been in remission since February and is hopeful of making a comeback to Super Rugby in 2018.

"His story and his journey he's been on in the last year has been so inspirational," Sio said.

"For me, he really puts a lot of this minor injuries into perspective.

"To see how willing he is to put his body on the line at training, to make everyone else better around him, it's truly great and it's something that I've tried really bringing into this camp."

 

Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies in 2016.
Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies in 2016. DEAN LEWINS

Sio said Lealiifano's "ultimate positivity" was an eye-opener for all Wallabies.

"You rarely see him get angry or frustrated in the group. To be in the position he is as captain, you're following his every lead," he said.

"To see how calm and collected he is with the adversity he's facing on a personal front, it really tells you to sit back and put everything in perspective and say 'it's really not that tough if we're willing to stick together and push through it'.

"He's kept the group enthused off the field, as well. Just those little one-percenters, remembering that every little part of the game is going to count at the end of the day, everything we do to prepare Monday to Friday is all going to count on the 80 minutes on Saturday.

"It's been great and he'll continue to do that for a number of years down the track."

Sio is joined among the reserves by hooker Stephen Moore, Sekope Kepu, Rory Arnold, Richard Hardwick, Joe Powell, Quade Cooper and Reece Hodge.

News Corp Australia


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