Old Glory has announced that Junior Sa'u, the electric back who tied for fourth on the list most tries scored in 2022, is returning for another season. The 35-year-old is a rugby league convert, having played six years in the NRL in Australia and eight years in the Super League in England before coming to Old Glory. After starting the season as a center, he really hit his stride on the wing late in the season.

Sa'u was a wrecking ball in his first year in professional rugby union. While it took him a moment to get the feel of the finer nuances of the game, he was a force to be reckoned with from the start. Though not overly tall at 5'9", he is 220lbs of pure muscle with a penchant for big hits. In my report from the first preseason match last season, I specifically noted Sa'u's "absolutely crunching tackles", a trend that would continue all season long.

On attack, Sa'u was a little hit and miss at center. He had a problem with drops early on and, while excellent as a crash-ball runner, he didn't quite have the full-rounded game of someone like Thretton Palamo. However, once he moved to the wing he started to dominate. With his size strength he was very hard to take down on the outside. He was a key part of the reason the team averaged a whopping 47 points in the final three matches of the season. Overall, he played in 15 matches with 11 starts for 1110 minutes of match time, scoring 9 tries in that time.

It was far from certain that Sa'u would return this season, as he returned to rugby league in the offseason with the Keighley Cougars. However, it seems that he hasn't quite had his fill of union yet, so we will all get to see him for another year at least. We should see him pick up right where he left off in 2023, which is great news for the team.

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