A YOUNG Wests Tigers forward has enjoyed a stunning off-season week in which he won his debut boxing fight, and got engaged.
Plus the Kiwis’ kind acts at home, and Andrew Fifita pays tribute to a premiership teammate.
It’s the social side of the game in NRL Confidential!
SUCCESSFUL WEEK FOR TIGER
Tigers forward Josh Aloiai is the latest NRL player to lace up a pair of boxing gloves.
He made his pro debut with a second round KO last weekend.
Aloia earned a knockdown in the opening round before finishing the job 16-seconds into round two.
Watch video of the fight in the player above.
It’s been a big seven days for the prop.
This week he also got engaged.
KIWIS’ KIND ACTS
The New Zealand national team has been out and about in the community this week making the most of their World Cup time.
Players picked up the shovels to help out at the Christchurch Adventure Park, which has been closed since being devastated by fire in February.
The park is due to open on December 5 but still needs some work done, and StuffNZ revealed the Kiwis were all too keen to volunteer their time.
Players also spent a night with a New Zealand rugby league stalwart family who had been luckless in meeting the team in the past.
Christchurch league identity Kevin Te Hau and his family were supposed to be celebrated and used in an advertising campaign for the 2011 Anzac Test, but they were forced to relocate to the Gold Coast in the wake of devastating earthquakes.
The family has moved back to Christchurch and they were invited to a dinner with the Kiwis.
“It was quite overwhelming, for Cooper and Jorja especially. Shaun Johnson was sitting next to us having dinner,” Rachael Te Hau told StuffNZ.
‘RING BROTHERS’ FAREWELL
Cronulla hardman Andrew Fifita has bid farewell to premiership teammate Gerard Beale and wished him luck at the Warriors.
Beale is headed across the ditch next season but his start to 2018 will be delayed after he badly broke his ankle representing the Kiwis at the weekend.
Fifita took time to visit his friend after he underwent surgery.
BIG DEL’S CLOSE ENCOUNTER
Cross-code legend Wendell Sailor wasn’t too keen to get too close to this enormous crocodile in Papua New Guinea.
The gigantic beast was too much for the former Broncos and Dragons flyer.
…AND A ROO FOLLOWS SUIT
Speaking of getting too close to dangerous wildlife, Kangaroos backrower Matt Gillett took the chance to meet a king of the jungle.
Jake the lion politely posed for a photo with Gillett at the National Zoo and Aquarium.
KNIGHTS BACK IN THE GRIND
Newcastle returned to pre-season training this week and winger Nathan Ross could not have been happier.