Tawake holds onto WC dream

ACT Brumbies No 8 Jone Tawake has decided to have his finger amputated, a move that may be the best one for his rugby career.

Tawake dislocated the ring finger on his right hand against the Auckland Blues in March, and all attempts to hold the finger in place have resulted in severe infection. The big man finally opted for the amputation, a move he believes will get him back into rugby far quicker.

“It was a big decision,” Tawake told the Aussie Press on Tuesday. “I thought about my rugby future, especially with my history of injuries, and I couldn’t afford to have any more time off.

“With the World Cup next year, I wanted to give myself every chance and to do that I needed a good pre-season.”

The 118kg, 1.87m loose forward is yet to represent the Wallabies, but has played for the Australia U19 and U21 sides. Now at 24, he realises the importance of next year’s Vodacom Super 14 as a stepping stone to France.

“I spoke to the surgeon and team doctor and they all told me to go away and think about it. But they said that whatever I chose they would support me 100%.

“It was very painful and it was very frustrating because it wasn’t getting better. Since it’s been cut off I just feel relieved. There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ve made the right decision.”