5 Apr 2019

Dureau: I'll fight as hard as I can

FORMER CATALANS DRAGONS HALF-BACK SCOTT DUREAU SAYS THE SUPPORT OF HIS OLD BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE CLUB WILL SUSTAIN HIM IN HIS BATTLE AGAINST CANCER.

The 32-year-old, who is now on the coaching staff of NRL club Newcastle Knights, had surgery to remove a brain tumour during his time in Perpignan in 2014, but was diagnosed with brain cancer again last November which later spread to his liver.

Dureau, who was named in Super League’s Dream Team in 2011 and 2012, says he has been moved by messages of support from the French club.

“The support was something that blew me away,” Dureau said in an interview on the Newcastle website.

“To know that there’s that support and people that still care about the good times we had over there was pretty incredible.

“I guess the only way I can repay that is fight as hard as I can through this and I am strong enough to do that and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Dureau, who retired from playing at the end of 2015, was initially told he had 18 months to live but says that, since being diagnosed, he has been told his liver cancer is operable.

“To say the Christmas period was pretty tough was a bit of an understatement,” he said.

“The oncologist basically said that the tumours in my liver were not curable and in the best case I had 18 months to live.

“That day was probably the worst day of my life, I can easily say that.

“Thankfully since then I’ve had some other opinions and have seen a specialist in Sydney who can operate.”

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