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Rebel 'Fred': From Div 3 to Origin squad

Her teammates call her 'Fred' and, by her own admission, Frieda Faulato Seu is something of a rebel on a rugby league mission.

The Auckland-born mother-of-two was a late starter to rugby league at the age of 24.

But she has wasted no time making an impression, rising from third division league last year to be in Queensland's Women's squad to play NSW in the inaugural Harvey Norman State of Origin clash at North Sydney Oval on Friday night.

She has been named in jersey 18 by coach Jason Hetherington, but this will be a highlight of her life, regardless of if she eventually takes the field.

"I am still in shock it has all happened so fast," she told QRL Media.

Seu made the trip across the Tasman with her partner and two daughters Lona, 8, and Ema ,7, a few years ago before taking a year off from rugby league to settle her young family into Brisbane.

She played a little rugby union at school, but lost the passion until playing a game of rugby league at her partner's club Otahuhu.

"I loved it straight away," she said.

"You just smash people and at the end of the day you are all friends again."


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Seu returned to league playing for the Logan City Hawks last year in Division Three.

This year she decided to improve her fitness, switching clubs to Acacia Ridge Division Two before stepping up to Division One recently with a few games for South Logan.

From there she earned selection for the South East Queensland Emerging squad for the Queensland City rep side.

Her whirlwind ride continued when she was a late inclusion in the Queensland City side for the recent National Championship.

Her performances caught the eye and she was added to coach Hetherington's squad for the historic Origin clash with the Blues.

"I really enjoyed playing against some of the Jillaroos, it was an awesome experience," she said.

"You get hit really hard and you have to get up quick and get going again. I like it."

Apart from knocking over any rival who comes her way, Seu enjoys carting the ball forward into her opposition and busting the line.

"I like the hit-ups. I don't have a fend...I just use my body to crash through," she admitted

So do the women hit hard?

"They're massive. At the nationals I was in the line with Rona Peters defending next to me when one of the opposition girls came charging at me," Seu recalled.

"But before I could tackle her, Rona flew in and whacked and sat her on her backside.

"I was like 'Wow, where did she come from'. She just slammed her."

Seu confesses to being a rebel as a child.



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"I was a bit out there. I had four older brothers and I was in the middle as the oldest girl of three," she said.

"It was a big family and everyone had to listen to Mum and Dad, but I was the only child in the family who would go to school and start trouble.

"I'd come home, get a hiding from my parents.

"They'd tell me I acted like an angel at home but a devil at school.

"I'm still a rebel and my parents are still telling me I never listen but I tell Mum I am doing what is best for me.

"I still love them."

With Hetherington and Trevor Gillmeister in charge, Seu said she would not be breaking any rules in camp.

"I will listen and do what I am told here," she laughed.

"I'll stick to the rules."

Seu's eldest daughter, Lona, played her first game of rugby league last weekend.

"I couldn't be there to watch but she got player of the match, I was so proud of her."