As many do, Ronaldo Mulitalo thinks teammate Toby Rudolf is a little different, while he rates young outside back Jensen Taumoepeau as a player to look out for and believes the pre-season so far to be the toughest in the three years he has trained during the summer with the Sharks NRL squad.
In a fun and light-hearted chat with Joel Caine and Brian Fletcher on the SEN Network (1170 AM in Sydney), Mulitalo also answered questions on some topics not often covered in radio interviews.
From his love of rap music, to three things people may not know about him, a favourite TV show from years gone by, his continued commitment to the Stepping Stone House charity initiative, along with some of his goals to this season and beyond, with no subject off limits in the revealing 11 minute interview.
In relation to the pre-season; “It has been awesome. We’ve still got Bomb (John Morris) there, but we’ve got new guys who have come in.
“Head of Performance Nathan Pickworth from the Dragons has tightened the ship up a bit and it’s been hard. Probably been the toughest one I’ve done in my three years as an NRL player.
“It’s definitely an exciting time for us as a group moving forward into 2021.”
As for three things fans may not have known about Ronaldo, one in particular might surprise.
“I love new socks and undies,” he said.
“I’m also a massive mummies boy. I call my mum at least twice a day, every day. And I think I’m a surfer, but I’m absolutely terrible at it.”
Then came the question as to the player who has impressed through the first few weeks of the pre-season and who might be one to watch ahead of the trials and then the start of the 2021 season.
“Jensen Taumoepeau. We call him the big horse. He’s a massive outside back.
“He’s big, big frame, jumps well, moves well. If he gets his crack this year, which I definitely think he will, I think he’ll surprise everyone,” Mulitalo added.
Then there was Toby, with a less than serious Mulitalo straight up in his assessment of his extroverted teammate.
“He’s a weird bloke. A bit different to everyone else.”
To listen to the full interview, click on the links to the media channels below.
The Drive with Joel and Fletch show airs from 3-6pm, Monday to Thursday on SEN 1170 or via the SEN app.