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Straight Up

Straight Up

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I needed an escape, and I needed to feel like I fitted in somewhere, and I found that by drinking with Dad and sorting drugs with Hailey and their friends. Lunch with Shayne, yeah!” she says at one point, grinning. This is the first time we’ve met; she’s treating me like an old pal.

Ruby Tui is a professional rugby player and a bestselling author. She won an Olympic gold medal in 2021, an Olympic silver medal in 2016, a Rugby World Cup Sevens title in 2018 and a Rugby World Cup title in 2022. And Dad? “He’s not as much of an avid reader as Mum, but he’s probably been more open than Mum about his situation. When I was talking to him, I was like, ‘I believe alcoholism in this country is a lot more rife than is talked about or we would like to believe, or is represented anywhere really’. The least she can do, she says, is talk to the workers, and take some selfies with her Rugby World Cup medal.

The book begins where everyone begins: with childhood and the profound ways that our early years shape who we are. Tui’s early life shifts between her large and loving Sāmoan family (on her dad’s side) and her more isolated palagi one (her mum’s). That she was loved is a fact often affirmed: Tui’s perspective throughout the book is frank and without blame, without bitterness or even regret. Very gently, with a tone of patience and an acceptance that becomes the undercurrent of the entire book, Tui describes a childhood made unstable by alcoholism, drug abuse and psychological and physical violence. After expressing interest, Tui was invited to play, so she donned her newly acquired boots and joined a team.

Even at our biggest games, even at Tokyo, Bunts will be running the water out for us at half-time, and that’s it. He won’t talk in any of our huddles, he lets us do the talking. Trusting us to know our jobs, trusting us to trust each other. Sometimes he even walks away, and that can’t be easy. But that’s how much he trusts us. A theme that constantly arises with Tui is her purpose. She feels a deep sense of responsibility – in life, relationships, rugby and commercial partnerships.


I guess that's why I committed so hard to rugby because I was like where these people end up is really cool places. I was like 'maybe if I just follow this path it'll be different to that path that I'd seen.' She's excited about playing at this month's Women's Rugby World Cup and hopeful New Zealand crowds will break the world record for attendance at a women's rugby game.

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