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Wests unleash 250kg bash brothers Fotu Auelua and Uelese Uelese

Ready to rumble: Fotu Auelua and Uelesi Uelesi

Ready to rumble: Fotu Auelua and Uelesi Uelesi Photo: Rohan THomson

It's the back-row combination which will give club rugby players nightmares for the rest of the season - two Islander powerhouses ready to unleash 250 kilograms of injury frustration.

ACT Brumbies wrecking ball Fotu Auelua will form a tag-team "bruise brothers" combination with former junior Raiders star Uelese Uelese when they play for Wests on Saturday.

The bad news for opponents Easts is that 120-kilogram Auelua and 130-kilogram Uelese are having a competition to see who can "whack" the hardest.

"I guess my job is to pretty much smash people," Uelese said with a laugh.

"I'm excited to play with Fotu, that guy is a machine. A wrecking ball.

"It's just going to be a competition of who can put the biggest shots on, who can knock 'em out, lining guys up and seeing who can whack the hardest."

Uelese, cousin of Brumbies winger Joseph Tomane, was recruited by the Raiders as a teenager and trained with Todd Carney, Terry Campese, Adrian Purtell and Ryan Hinchcliffe.

But he lost his contract after getting caught up in the "wrong crowd" and his NRL dream was over before it began.

He has spent the past six years playing in the Canberra Raiders Cup rugby league competition.

But a meeting with Wests coach Craig Robberds and the introduction of the National Rugby Championships convinced Uelese, 27, it was time to play rugby again.

The former St Edmund's College and Wests junior has not played rugby since he was a teenager.

"One of the reasons I'm still playing is I like to mentor the young guys. I get a lot of joy out helping them realise the value of their talent," Uelese said.

"I was training with the Raiders first grade ... I was an 18-year-old smashing dudes, I was 118 kilograms running the 100 metres in 12 seconds.

"But I never understood what I really had and I want to help guys avoid the mistakes I made."

Auelua is making a comeback of his own.

The enforcer forward was set for the biggest season of his career, and was promoted to the Brumbies' leadership group, before he damaged medial ligaments n a pre-season trial match.

He's been biding his time in the Brumbies rehab group until now.

"You just want to be a part of it by getting out there so you can contribute," Auelua said

"Twelve weeks of rehab is a long time ... I'm just keen to get back out on the field and get some game time.

"I've seen some YouTube highlights of Uelese, he's a destructive bloke. And when you're playing next to him, that gives you a lot of confidence."

Easts are searching for their first win of the season and will be bolstered by the addition of Brumbies winger Clyde Rathbone.


Saturday: Wests v Easts at Jamison Oval, 3.15pm; Royals v Tuggeranong Vikings at Phillip Oval, 3.05pm; Queanbeyan Whites v Uni-Norths Owls at Campese Field, 3.05pm.

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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