Fijian Rugby Star Josua Tuisova Makes Emotional Return with Racing 92

Fijian rugby player Josua Tuisova is set to make his debut for Racing 92 after a 7-month absence due to a serious knee injury and personal tragedy. Tuisova will start in the midfield against Bayonne at the Abbé-Deschamps stadium in Auxerre on Saturday.

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Fijian Rugby Star Josua Tuisova Makes Emotional Return with Racing 92

Fijian Rugby Star Josua Tuisova Makes Emotional Return with Racing 92

After a grueling 7-month absence due to injury and personal tragedy, Fijian rugby player Josua Tuisova is set to make hislong-awaited debutfor Racing 92 in their match against Bayonne at the Abbé-Deschamps stadium in Auxerre on Saturday. The powerful center, who joined the Parisian club last summer from Lyon, has been sidelined since suffering a serious knee injury during the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against England on October 15, 2023.

Tuisova's injury, which required surgery, was the result of what Racing 92 described in a statement as "a violent tackle without the arms" by England flanker Tom Curry. The club expressed their support for Tuisova, stating, "Racing 92 wishes Josua Tuisova a speedy recovery and shows him all its support during this period."

However, Tuisova's challenges extended beyond the physical, as he also endured immense personal loss during his time away from the sport. Just days before his injury, the 30-year-old tragically lost his 7-year-old son, and shortly after, he was dealt another devastating blow with the passing of his mother. Despite the unimaginable grief, Tuisova's teammates rallied around him, with captain Henry Chavancy declaring, "On voulait bien faire pour Josua" (We wanted to do well for Josua).

Now, after months of rehabilitation and mourning, Tuisova is ready to make his return to the field. Named in the starting XV by coach Stuart Lancaster, the Fijian powerhouse will form a formidable partnership with French international Gaël Fickou in the midfield. Richard Dourthe, a consultant at Midi-Olympique, has high praise for Tuisova, describing him as "Un monstre, un phénomène, le meilleur joueur du championnat" (A monster, a phenomenon, the best player in the championship).

Tuisova's returncomes at a crucial time for Racing 92, who currently sit in fourth place in the Top 14 league with just four rounds remaining in the regular season. A strong performance against Bayonne could provide the boost needed to secure a spot in the playoffs and end Tuisova's debut season in Paris on a high note.

Thematch, which was relocated to Auxerre due to a Taylor Swift concert at Paris-La Défense Arena, will kick off at 5:00 pm local time on Saturday. As Tuisova takes the field, his journey of resilience and determination will serve as an inspiration to his teammates and fans alike, reminding us all of the indomitable spirit that lies at the heart of rugby.