Chris Satae inspired by parents' sacrifice to give him a better life

CHRIS Satae hopes to repay Hull’s faith with silverware while repaying what his family did for him.

The Black and Whites’ prop has seen his parents do whatever it takes to give their seven children a better life.

Even leaving their native Tonga for New Zealand, then for Australia – complete with change of language as well as surroundings.

So him sending some of his wages from the other side of the world to them is nothing.

“Tonga to New Zealand was a huge change,” recalled Satae, who made the 1,200 mile move at the age of 17.

“New Zealand is a very developed country compared to Tonga. It was a big adjustment when I moved there.

“My parents were just trying to get a better life for us and give us kids a better opportunity with schooling. Education in New Zealand, along with other things, is much better.

“They were just trying to give us a head start in life and what they did is definitely an inspiration to me.

“My whole family moved to New Zealand but when we came to the UK, they moved to Australia.

“There was one obvious change, speaking English. Compared to that, moving from Auckland to Hull didn’t mean much difference!

“And I’m one of those players who sends money back to their family. It’s actually quite common, especially among islanders and those with big families.

“We tend to help out wherever we can.”

The east coast of England may be very different from an island in the south Pacific but Satae is spreading the word about Hull.

And all being well, his family may be on these shores later this year watching him play for his country at the World Cup – just not hearing him speak with a distinctive Hull accent.

“I try to tell them, send photos or video call my family,” the 28-year-old added.

“They sort of get it. Hopefully when the pandemic is over and travel comes back, they can come over and see what it’s like.

“Hull definitely feels like home now. The club has been good to me and my family is enjoying it.

“Hopefully they could see me play at the World Cup too. There’s some elite forwards in the NRL as well, they’re quite good!

“Tonga has a good team on paper, I think they’ll go well.”

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