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Fusitu'a getting to grips with new role

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/05/2016

A wing or centre for most of his fledgling NRL career, David Fusitu'a David Fusitu'a. © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images David Fusitu'a. is starting to feel comfortable at fullback.

The former Junior Kiwi has been handed the No.1 jersey for his Test debut for Tonga against Samoa in Sydney on Saturday.

Injuries to Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, who is out for the season, and Tuimoala Lolohea meant the Warriors used Fusitu'a at fullback in their last two matches against Melbourne and St George Illawarra.

The 21-year-old shifted from the wing in the 42-0 loss to the Storm when Lolohea limped off in the opening spell with a knee injury.

With Lolohea still sidelined, Fusitu'a started in the 26-10 win over the Dragons, producing a strong defensive effort, while carrying the ball for 164 metres.

"I felt comfortable out there," he said.

"Roger was helping me out quite a bit during the week, just the defensive stuff, and it was good to be back there."

Fusitu'a made his NRL debut two years, but injuries have limited him to 18 appearances, during which he has scored 10 tries, his diving efforts having become a trademark.

"I've strung a few games together now," he said after his third match this season.

"I'm moving forward, staying on top of all my injuries and all my little niggles."

While he had some experience of playing at fullback at under-20 level, he said the NRL was a different level.

"It's good to get a game and a half under my belt at the back," he said but he wasn't sure if he'd retain the berth further down the track.

"I'm still young and I'm still feeling out every position I've played," he said.

"I've played centre, wing and now fullback, so we'll see what happens."

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