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Price refusing to give up hope for Fai

By John Whiting, tvnz.co.nz league reporter

Published: 1:08PM Tuesday January 06, 2009 Source: ONE Sport

Warriors captain Steve Price is refusing to give up hope that missing team-mate Sonny Fai is still alive.

Price, along with the rest of the Warriors squad had a light training session on Tuesday morning to try and clear their heads after helping search for Fai throughout Monday.

The 20-year-old was caught in a rip at Bethells Beach on Sunday night when he tried to rescue his younger brother.

His brother and four other swimmers eventually made it back to the shore but Sonny was swept out to sea.

Extensive searches have been conducted over the past two days but have still found no sign of Fai.

Price told media some of the Warriors had been spending time with Fai's family, and especially the younger boys closest to Sonny had been taking it very hard.

While Fai's chances of survival decrease as time continues to move on, Price is trying to remain optimistic.

"We're not giving up," he said.

"To us it's not a tragedy yet - we're still hopeful he's going to come back.

"We absolutely love him and we're all very sad at the moment."

Price commented on Fai's incredible work ethic around the club and said he'd always been impressed with his freakish strength and speed.

"I think he did 185 kilos three times in bench press then went to the physio and said his shoulder was sore and needed a reconstruction.

"That just goes to show how strong he is and how tough he is."

Price said Fai idolised superstars like Sonny Bill Williams but in reality he was just as good if not better than them.

The Warriors were given release for the rest of the day on Tuesday and many of the players travelled back out to Bethells Beach to re-join the search party.

Price said the team is dealing well considering the circumstances, and that they are drawing a lot of strength from each other.

"Everyone deals with things differently so it was important that we do things together as a group."

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  • eveyz1@hotmail.com said on 2009-01-13 @ 00:29 NZDT: Report abusive post

    AROHAMAI FAI WHANAU.... YOUR IN OUR PRAYERS & THOUGHTS EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY... I CHECK ONLINE EVERY 5MIN TO SEE ALLTHE UPDATES... MY LOVE GOES OUT TO YOU ALL!! MUCH LOVE XXOO AROHATINONUI KEEFE~TOREA WHANAU OF PALMERSTON NORTH XXOXX

  • vejete said on 2009-01-08 @ 16:48 NZDT: Report abusive post

    To Sonny Fais Family Many days have passed but the strength of your family and friends have held you all together, remember that Sonny is looking over all of you saying thank you for looking for me, but I am safe in the Lords hands now..... Sonny will be missed so much by all that know him ....Much Alofas go out to the family of Sonny From the Wiki/Vettori Aiga in Melbourne

  • vejete said on 2009-01-07 @ 16:52 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Dear Sonny Fai and Family Our heartfelt thoughts are with you at this time, we are praying that he will be found, but if it is Gods will, Sonny may be by his side, as he saved his brother and unselfishly gave no thought for his own safety......We are so proud of your Son and he will always be remembered as a Hero.. From all the Aiga in Melbourne

  • biqsole said on 2009-01-07 @ 14:14 NZDT: Report abusive post

    always will be remembered. a man hu is a hero. to the fai family and friends, deep sympathys to you all. to you sole well i pray for you my polynesian brother!

  • newzealand_aotearoa said on 2009-01-07 @ 13:25 NZDT: Report abusive post

    part 2:I pray for your family and say to them KIA KAHA WHANAU be strong lord bring our boy home anyways god bless

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