Massive 24 hours for Reds midfielder ends in Wallabies selection
Knowing calls were being made to those selected in an extended 44-man Wallabies squad for upcoming Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship matches, Paisami was up early in anticipation.
“I was up at six in the morning waiting for it,” the 22-year-old said.
That early start wasn’t really necessary, with Paisami forced to burn off nervous energy around the house before getting the call he wanted from Wallabies assistant coach Matt Taylor.
“I got it around nine (am),” Paisami said.
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“I was just cleaning up the house and looking at my watch.
“Didn’t expect it this early. Just blessed and grateful.”
With Petaia and Feauai-Sautia in doubt for Saturday night’s grand final against the Brumbies, a season which looked wrecked when Paisami suffered an MCL tear in his knee last month may yet in glory for the former Rebels player.
Starting or once again coming off the bench, Paisami said he’s ready to play his role as the Reds aim to upset the Brumbies in Canberra.
“I’ll be happy to try to do my job. Whether it’s minutes, seconds, I’ll just try to make the most of it,” he said.
“I’m pretty keen. I’m pumped.”
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