•  Blues Jarome Luai star rescued by lifeguard at surf park
  •  NSW playmaker said that he is grateful to be alive
  •  Luai admitted that there aren’t any beaches in Penrith

New South Wales playmaker Jarome Luai proved he’s not one for water sports when he had to be dragged to safety by a lifeguard during a visit to a water park.

The talented five eighth was with his Blues teammates at man-made surf park URBNSURF at Homebush on Tuesday morning when he decided to rush in with a boogie board ahead of the rest of the side.

A short while later Luai was pictured being dragged to safety by a lifeguard while another dived in the water to assist.

‘Cowabunga dude, I think my life flashed before my eyes,’ Luai joked to reporters afterwards.

‘I almost died out there, I’m grateful to be alive.

‘Thanks to the lifeguard out there, he had to drag me in. I think I owe him one.

‘I attacked it, it was a bit of a dare from the boys … it was a good laugh aye.

‘I just wanted to attack it head on.

Jarome Luai needed to be dragged to safety by a lifeguard on Tuesday morning

‘I’m scarred for life.’

Luai was in good spirts after the rescue and could certainly see the funny side of things.

‘I was embarrassed, man. It was a good laugh for the boys. It was pretty cool,’ Luai said.

‘There are no beaches at Penrith, we don’t get much practice out there. 

‘But I thought I tried my luck anyway, it didn’t go too well.’

The Blues team completed a recovery session before they will again travel west to the Blue Mountains for their Origin camp. 

With the series locked at 1-1, the decider between NSW and Queensland will be staged at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday, July 17.

Queensland coach Billy Slater is chasing his third successive series triumph, with NSW last lifting the interstate shield in 2021.


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