Samoa: Alaiumu Sao Taliu

Rugby a force for positive change for Alaiumu Sao Taliu

Samoan coach keen to share her experiences from the Gallagher High Performance Academy. 

Rugby played an important part in helping Alaiumu Sao Taliu through a challenging period in her life; now she hopes to use her experiences to help others. 

Taliu had a difficult pregnancy in 2018 before she gave birth to her daughter, Hudson, but taking up coaching with the College Rifles rugby club in Auckland gave her a different perspective and positive focus. 

“My favourite rugby memory is when I started to coach in 2018, which served a greater grace to my journey,” Taliu told World Rugby. 

“I was pregnant with my daughter, and I was going through some hardship, so I was not in a great space.

“What began as a hard start to that year ended with great rewards, watching the College Rifles win their competition and then giving birth a week later to my daughter. 

“That year I took my hardship and used it to help me get back to what I love, which is being involved in rugby and a great mother to Hudson.” 

Taliu began playing rugby with her eight siblings, before taking it up at provincial level as a fly-half. In addition to her coaching role with the College Rifles, she is now the attack coach for Auckland Thunder – the province’s development team – and is looking forward to implementing her learnings from the Gallagher High Performance Academy to drive the team to success.

“I am excited to use all the learnings I received from the Academy to make a positive change,” she said. 

“I hope that I can overcome challenges that I may face, because this will help me to continue to grow.” 

Last updated: Mar 28, 2024, 2:17:47 PM