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Rookie prop Suaia Matagi (pictured) evokes memories of previous eras when Hitro Okesene, Iafeta Paleaaesina and more recently Ukuma Ta'ai gained cult followings at the Vodafone Warriors.

On Sunday he's set to make his seventh NRL appearance when the Vodafone Warriors face Manly at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford.

Tonight the 25-year-old featured on 3 News, telling his story of how he has turned his life around though his dream to play in the NRL.

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