Tough son of 'Thunder'
THE AUSSIES will be hoping Louis Peau doesn't pack a punch like his old man.
They needn't worry.
Louis, who was selected for the Samoan national rugby league team last week, is renowned for his clean, albeit tough, style of football.
The Avondale resident, who plays in the second-row for the Mt Albert Lions, is the oldest son of Jimmy "Thunder" Peau – the boxing legend who reigned in the 1980s and 1990s and holds one of the fastest knockout times in professional boxing history.
Louis, 22, hopes to follow his father into the international sporting arena.
He is one of just two New Zealand-based players chosen by Toa Samoa to play an Australian selection side twice in Apia this week.
Both games will act as a trial for Samoa's upcoming clash with the Kiwis in October.
Louis was a surprise inclusion in the side – only picked after selectors went to scout one of his Mt Albert teammates in a match against Otahuhu.
He won over the selectors with a determination no doubt inherited from his dad.
It is a mental toughness that the younger Peau prides himself on.
"Never give up because perseverance is the way to success," he says.
Louis continues a family tradition set by his uncle Chris who represented Samoa during his league days in the 1990s.
"He told me what a great experience it was and I have always wanted to do the same."
Louis is hoping the hit-out with Toa Samoa will help him get noticed by talent scouts and set him on the path to playing professional league either in Australia or Europe.
But the 22-year-old has no worries if things don't pan out – he has a degree in civil engineering from Auckland University.
"I was always set on getting my degree first because it is something I can fall back on," he says. "It's good because engineering will always be there unlike my younger years of playing league."