Los'e puts a different spin on commentating
Compiled by Robby Nimmo
New Zealand-born and bred Willie Los'e (pictured) coached the Aliens at the GFI HKFC Tens this week - but his work hasn't finished: 'You could say I have replaced my coach hat with a headset.' Los'e is spending his Sevens in the commentating box on the upper west side. 'I've been commentating on the Sevens for four years. Last year was the first time Sky TV NZ came into the ring, so I commentated live for them. In previous years, I was commentating world feed for Pro Active, a UK-based sports media organisation. Having been behind the ball, behind a team, and behind the mike, I reckon I can put a different spin on commentating,' says Los'e. 'I'm as passionate about broadcasting as I am about rugby. When I started, there were very few Maori and Polynesian broadcasters. Now, there are a lot enrolling in media courses and things have changed in New Zealand. It's good to have inspired others. I get a lot of positive feedback on my drive-time show every day. And even when I'm overseas at the Sevens, I still do my show from afar, which adds to the interest.' As he has a Tongan father, Los'e played for Tonga in the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa as No8. He played in Japan from 1996 until 2003, was an instigator of today's Aliens Tens team, and played Sevens in Dubai with Eric Rush.