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In the recent marketing for London Irish's ticket subscription packages you'll find an image of Albert Tuisue; arms crossed, biceps bulging, staring into your soul. That pose would have been a familiar sight to criminals back in Fiji during Tuisue's previous life as a police officer, working as a constable for four years, carrying out drug operations and interviewing suspects. The long line of former coppers playing top-level rugby in England - Dean Richards, Martin Bayfield, Wade Dooley and Paul Ackford - has a new member.
His history as a police officer affected Tuisue in a different way earlier this year. The London Irish No 8 received a racist message on Instagram following a game against Newcastle Falcons. After informing the club, a police investigation was launched, with the perpetrator identified as, shockingly, a young rugby player. Two officers came to Tuisue's house and asked if he wanted to take the person to court.
"I said no, give them a chance," explains the softly-spoken back-row. "They were a young rugby player too, maybe based in Wales, and I wanted them to continue to grow their rugby. I did not care who they were, because they did not know me, they did not know my family, or anything about me.
"Sometimes, the right way to deal with a crime like that is for the person to learn from it, think twice, and to not repeat it again. To give them a second chance." Given Tuisue's remarkable level of compassion, you desperately hope the person behind that message never makes the same mistake again.
That kind of act seems entirely fitting with the rest of Tuisue's character when hearing from Declan Kidney, London Irish's director of rugby. The former Ireland head coach is rarely lost for words, but notably pauses when asked to summarise Tuisue's growth since he arrived at the club on trial three years ago.
"He’s blossomed really, hasn’t he?" notes Kidney of one of the Premiership's most imposing No 8s. "From the way you see him play, he is a different person, very quiet off the pitch. A top-class man. If he tells you to do something, you never have to question it, it always gets done.
"He had a lot of physicality but he’s mixing that now with better ball sense, better understanding. There is more growth in him. I think we are just in the prime of his career."
This summer, Tuisue, 28, appeared twice for Fiji against the All Blacks, scoring a try (watch video below). The mere idea of that would have seemed far-fetched five years earlier during Tuisue's time on the beat and playing club rugby back in Fiji, occasionally for the Fiji police team. Back then he had never left the country before, and was earning just over £200 a month. "That’s why I tried to change things. Maybe I could go a bit further with a rugby career," he adds.
Tuisue was spotted by an Australian scout and asked if he wanted to play club rugby in Australia's National Rugby Championship. That conversation proved to be the first domino to fall, leading to contracts in Sydney - following his first trip on a plane - and then with the Fijian Drua, an invitational Fiji side playing in the NRC who ended up winning the whole competition and will be part of Super Rugby Pacific next year.
Tuisue was player of the match in that 2018 NRC final, scoring two tries. The phone started ringing. One of the calls, humorously, was from his police commissioner in Fiji asking if he wanted to come back to work. "He gave me the option to come back and finish my career. I said, 'I think I’m done with being a police officer'."
Another phone call was from Toulon. Tuisue could easily have ended up moving to the multi-European champions but instead opted for Irish, citing the French language barrier as a deciding factor. Despite the Exiles' strong Pacific Island heritage, including the great centre Seilala Mapusua, Tuisue had never heard of the club until he arrived. Now, three seasons later, Tuisue has a second family at London Irish, a family who rallied around him after he received that deplorable racist message in May.
"The club were really supportive, and the fans too sent me messages, encouraging me. That’s why I really like being here - the people around me here, they have really helped me a lot."
He has not been back to Fiji for two years, while it has been six since he last spent Christmas with his family. Recently, Tuisue has been sending money back home to his parents every two weeks to help build them a new house, which is set to be completed next month.
"There have been phone calls and I really miss them a lot. They are really proud of what I have achieved," Tuisue adds of his remarkable career so far.
Just as his adopted family at London Irish are proud of the way Tuisue has handled himself since arriving in the Premiership - on the field, and now with real dignity off it as well.