Can you imagine your seven-year-old being taunted and called a freak for his size?
What if he was told that he was no longer allowed to play his favourite sport because – through no fault of his own – he might hurt the other children?
Seven-year-old Samoan Rugby League player Vaka Tuitupou stands head and shoulders above his teammates – literally. None of the other kids reach beyond his armpits.
Weighing in at 100 kilograms, the Sydney school boy has been told he is too big to play on his local under eights rugby team.
Listen: On the latest episode of This Glorious Mess, Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo discuss whether Vaka should be allowed to play with his peers.
Vaka’s story went viral recently when his father shared a video of his son’s talents. In the short clip, Vaka is seen tearing through the other players, who try to tackle him but are casually brushed aside. Even five opponents hanging off his limbs can’t stop him from dominating.
The video was shared throughout the country, with commenters criticising him for being too big to play with his peers. They said the boy was a danger to his opponents and it wouldn’t be fair to play.
But since then, his coach has responded, calling the seven-year-old ‘a gentle giant.’ He said Vaka is only allowed to play five half games a year to make it fair on the other kids.
Then, on August 3rd, it was reported Vaka had been removed from the team indefinitely.