Former Las Vegas star and capped Eagle Seta Tuilevuka is looking forward to getting back on the field for Montpellier in the French Top 14 in a couple of weeks.
The center has been struggling to come back from a groin injury that has been – as most groin injuries are – slow to heal.
“It’s been very frustrating,” Tuilevuka told RUGBYMag.com. “But now I’ve been able to train with the team and that’s been better.”
Tuilevuka played one match for Montpellier’s Espoires side, and played well, and now just needs to strength his legs to get time with the 1st 15.
“I’ve been spending a lot of time working on upper-body strength and putting on weight,” he said. “Now when I train I spend about 30 minutes stretching out to make sure everything is relaxed. Hopefully in about two weeks I will be able to play. The coaches are happy with me, and I have been doing a lot of film analysis and we really want to play soon.”
Tuilevuka was capped by the USA against Portugal about a year ago, but didn’t play his best. At the time he felt he didn’t fit into the USA pattern. But now he has a different outlook.
“Things were still new to me as far as being a professional player,” Tuilevuka said. “I was still learning about adjusting to different things. Being a professional player has opened up my mind to adjusting to different ways of playing. My coach has told me how sometimes things don’t adjust to you, you adjust to them. So I’ve been working on that, and if the USA wants me to play I’ll be more than willing to play.”
But the first order of business is getting back on the field. Montpellier is in the middle of the pack in the Top 14, and cold use Tuilevuka’s attacking flair to move up. On December 23 they take on Toulouse, and Tuilevuka is hoping to be in the squad for that match, and if not that one, then a week later against Racing Metro.