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The Rock delivers spine-tingling speech about 'legacy' to Samoan rugby league players

Max Sherry

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The Rock delivers spine-tingling speech about 'legacy' to Samoan rugby league players

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has just delivered a truly epic speech to the Samoan players ahead of the Rugby League World Cup final this weekend.

And, if truth be told, it's perhaps one of his best yet.

We're used to seeing the WWE legend-turned-Hollywood megastar giving motivational talks.

If you follow his Instagram, he's always got a few inspirational words up his sleeve to get you through a tough gym session.

Even earlier this year, he gave a spine-tingling address on the field prior to the Super Bowl between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals.

There's just something about his speeches which makes you want to run through a brick wall for him – and, well, this latest one is no different.

Given his Samoan heritage, there have been calls for Johnson to throw his support behind the team – and it seems he certainly answered those calls in the perfect way.

The Rock couldn't be there in person to sit down with the Samoan playing squad ahead of a crunch final against Australia, so he decided to reach out to them via video instead.

If head coach Matt Parish doesn't have this on repeat in the dressing rooms at Old Trafford, he bloody well should.

"For my boys, my usos, the Toa Samoa rugby team who are going to the men's final of the Rugby League World Cup," The Rock says in the clip posted to his Instagram.


"This is a big deal, they are making history in the world of sports. This is the first time that our island, culture and country of Samoa has ever gone to the finals for any sport.

"They are making history and I could not be more proud of them – we could not be more proud of them."

He then decided to turn it up on a notch, dishing out some important advice to the players as they brace for one of the biggest matches of their lives.

"The players must have so much on their minds right now," The Rock continued.

Credit: Supplied/NRL
Credit: Supplied/NRL

"Pressure, pressure, pressure. The pressure to deliver, the pressure to perform – you have the world watching. Right now, you are proud grandsons, proud sons, proud husbands, proud fathers, proud teammates, proud brothers, proud usos.

"There's a few things I want you to think about. Number one is grit. There's a term called 'fa'a o Samoa'... my grandfather always taught me that yes fa'a Samoa is proud of who you are, where you come from, what's in your blood, what's in your DNA, what's deep in your Mana. That's the thing that separates us from everyone else. Grit is the force that drives us, where you operate as if your backs are against the wall and there's no where to go but ahead and forward.

"It's grit I think about, and the other one is legacy. When it comes to legacy, you guys are defining it right here right now. When I think about legacy I think about my grandfather, my dad, all my ancestors. Our ancestors are watching, history is watching.

"So when you take to that field this Saturday in Manchester, you have that grit and your DNA is just full of our Samoa pride and culture and you think about that legacy you want to define. There's two sides to legacy. Number one is the side where you've already made history, you've arrived. The other side, the special side, is when you take that field in Manchester you leave it all out on the field and you win – that's the other side to legacy.

"I've got goosebumps right now, I don't know if you can see that. If i was there with you guys on Saturday, I would put on a Toa Samoa jersey and I'd take that field, running that rock with you guys – probably get my arse kicked, but that's OK!

"My usos, I love you and I'm so proud of you, take that field and make history and win. Cheeeeehoooooooo!"

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/therock/Supplied/NRL

Topics: Australia, NRL, Rugby League, The Rock, Dwayne Johnson

Max Sherry
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