Western Force: Reesjan Pasitoa ‘wants to be the Wallaby 10’

Reesjan Pasitoa chases the ball for the Western Force. Credit: Alamy
Reesjan Pasitoa chases the ball for the Western Force. Credit: Alamy

Western Force fly-half Reesjan Pasitoa has lofty ambitions for his future and wants to be the best playmaker in the world.

The 21-year-old played fantastic rugby for the Perth side last season in Super Rugby Pacific after returning from a stint with the Brumbies that did not work out.

Confident in being the best

Unfortunately for Pasitoa, a knee injury hampered any chances of receiving higher honours with the Wallabies, but his confidence remains.

“I want to be the Wallaby 10, I want to be the best 10 in the world, I’ve always said that,” Pasitoa told RugbyPass.

“In terms of winning, I want to win a Bledisloe and I want to win a World Cup. That’s my goals.

“I’ve said that since I was a little kid that I want to be the best 10 in the world. If I can get that Wallaby 10 jersey, that’s what I’m coming after.

“For now, just focus on my knee and make sure I can get back on the field healthy and fit and then like I said, just do the best I can and put my best foot forward.”

Pasiota used to play for Perth Bayswater Rugby Union Club, and he wants to inspire the next generation to want to represent their region and country in rugby.

“I remember going to games growing up as a young boy here and going to Force games and selling tickets at the front gates. Now I get to play for them which is pretty cool,” he said.

“I’ll never forget this time at my club, we had our awards night and they asked us ‘who wants to be an All Black when you grow up?’ I’d argue almost everyone put their hands up.

“I think back now and why I came back is so that maybe if that question is asked again, people put their hands up for if you want to play for the Wallabies and if you want to play for the Western Force.

“I think that’d be pretty cool for young boys and girls to want to play for Australia and play for their Australian clubs.

“I guess that’s another reason why I came to try and change that mindset of things and hopefully we can be part of that change.”

Focused on Australia

The fly-half admits at one point, he wanted to play for the All Blacks, but despite being a big fan of Dan Carter, Pasitoa is committed to representing the Wallabies.

“Yeah (I wanted to play for the All Blacks). My favourite player and my idol was Daniel Carter, always has been,” he added.

“I grew up going for the Blues. Some of my family is in Auckland, my dad grew up in Auckland, so it’s always been for the Blues, always been for the All Blacks.

“Even in League I go for the Warriors still but I guess now I’m just really pushing for that gold jersey.

“If I could change that for young boys and girls who are growing up here in Australia, to want to play for Australia, then that’d be cool. That’s the goal.”

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