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After an up-and-down start to season 2013, involving an injury which saw the Kiwi international miss more than a month of NRL action, hard-hitting Frank-Paul Nuuausala is well and truly back in his beloved Red, White and Blue and firing.

Tonight the man they call Bolo will run out for his match in the starting side in 10 weeks, just one-week after claiming the Players Player award for best on ground in a beaten side last Sunday night against the Warriors.

And, caught up with FPN to chat about the year so far, plus last weekends powerful performance, ahead of the blockbuster against the Bulldogs.

Frank, youre back in the starting side after a stellar performance last Sunday. Were you happy with the Players Player award?

I was really happy with the way I played and tried to concentrate on my job, getting that go forward for the boys out wide. The award was a nice addition.

What about that loss? It was a brutal encounter with the boys from across the ditch.

It was a physical match and they came out firing and we just didnt complete enough to sets to be in it.

How are you feeling about your spot in the side, after being forced to wait your turn in Newtown after returning from injury?

I feel settled now after a couple of games under my belt now. Its not an easy side to break into. I had to wait a few weeks in Newtown, which is a good thing and keeps you on your toes.

Theres certainly plenty of depth at the Club this season, isnt there?

Weve got some great young kids coming through, like Dylan Napa and Kane Evans, which is a great thing for the depth at the Club and keeps me going harder each week.

What about tonights clash against last years runners up? Theyre starting to find some form now and were missing a few blokes through Origin and suspension.

The Doggies are going well at the moment and weve been below par in the last few games.

Well miss Jared, Jimmy, Juju and Jenko as well but were confident in those coming in and know that if we stick to our structures and the plans in place by Robbo and the coaches, then well be able to get the job done.

How much of a different place is the Club now, since Robbos arrival?

I dont mean any disrespect to any coaches Ive had here in the past, but since the start of this year Ive had a lot more clarity in terms of the role they want me to play. Its just simple footy, in terms of the way they want me and the whole squad to attack and defend.

It seems a very happy squad, even after a few rough weeks, but you love this place dont you?

Ive been here since I was 18, Im fully committed to this place. It means so much to me and changed my life in being given this opportunity.

I couldve gone a lot of ways back in New Zealand, so I see this place as my blessing.

I bleed Red, White and Blue and thatll be tattooed on me one day, I just need to find some free space somewhere on my body!
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