Vaea Tutu’ila in action for Nelson College last year. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport.

Vaea sets sights on NRL


The Brisbane Broncos have always been Vaea Tutu’ila’s favourite rugby league team.

So it was a dream come true a few weeks ago when the former Nelson College star got the call that the Broncos wanted him.

He was named in the Brisbane Broncos Elite Player Development Squad as he chases his goal of playing in the NRL.

Vaea had a stellar season for the college side, his blockbusting runs proving a nightmare for midfield defences.

Playing wing or centre, Vaea’s imposing presence caught the eyes of NRL scouts.

He says he opted to sign for the Queensland club as he felt it would be best for his family and his rugby career.

“I’m pretty happy about the opportunity with the Broncos, hopefully I will play for the first-grade team one day. This is my dream to make it come true and the only way to make my dreams come true is to believe in God and yourself.”

Vaea says the discipline instilled in him at Nelson College has set him in good stead as he prepares to enter the world of professional footy and try crack one of the world’s most competitive leagues.

Training everyday with the first XV gave Vaea a strong sense of structure.

“I just wanted to learn and listen to the coach.”

He says he was taught to show this discipline on and off the footy field. While he has always wanted to be a Bronco, Vaea is yet to pledge his allegiance to one of his two countries.

“I want to become a professional player but I’m not sure yet if I will play for Tonga or the Kiwis, I just want to do my best for the Broncos.”