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APIA: WEDNESDAYS 29 JANUARY 2014: An emerging star in Australian 7’s Peter Schuster shouldn’t have trouble finding inspiration. He originates from the Schusters of Samoa known producers of rugby talent.
His dad David played for Samoa as did uncles Su’a Peter Schuster and Soifua John, who went on to become and All Black then played for Samoa again. So did close relative – lawyer and MP Lefau Harry Schuster.
Su’a coached Manu Samoa to a famous victory over Wales in 1991, was CEO of Samoa Rugby Union and is a member of the Selection Review Panel for SRU on a voluntary capacity.
Australian-born Peter played for Samoa U20s in 2010.
“Obviously he’s done well to break into the Australian 7’s team,” said Soifua, who played 10 tests for the All Blacks.
There was never any question young Peter had the skill set, he said.
“His only weakness was his fitness level,” said Soifua, the Licensed Training Centre Head Coach at SRU.
He, Su’a and David are three of eight brothers – one of whom played rugby league for New Zealand.
Hard work in fitness since 2010 has met with success for Peter, he said.
If the youngster can string together good performances in 7’s he can win himself a franchise contract in Super 15 and get within striking distance of Wallaby selection.
“He’s only young,” said Soifua. “He’s 21 so he’s got age on his side,” he said.
Peter Schuster is one of the few Samoans who have made the Australian Sevens team and he currently plays with playmaker Fa’alava’au.