Former NRL and Wallabies international double star Wendell Saylor revealed the day he stared death in the face on a boys’ trip to Bali.
Speaking on Triple M’s Rush Hour with Wendell Sailor, Candice Warner and Jude Bolton, the former soccer superstar renamed the time he traveled to Indonesia with fellow championship-winning Brisbane Broncos.
“Let me tell you, in 2000 it was a really good Bali trip. The 2000 Broncos after we won the Grand Final and just before the World Cup.”
If we’re thinking we’re the kings of the world, imagine what I’m thinking.
“Quickly turned into a noisy ring outside?” Bolton asked.
Sailor was at his peak in 2000 and thought he was bulletproof after winning the NRL Premiership with the Brisbane Broncos
Speaking on Triple M’s Rush Hour with Wendell Sailor, Candice Warner, and Jude Bolton, Sailor revealed that he discovered in Bali that he was definitely not bulletproof.
As the trio laughed, Sailor began detailing the racy adventures the players went on to celebrate their NRL title.
`So we had three or four days in the p***, we didn’t sleep much,’ he said, ‘I’m hanging out with Lote Tuquiri, it’s been great.
We were staying at the Hard Rock Cafe. Anyway, we’re at this nightclub-turned-dayclub. It was about six in the morning and I was going out with the boys. There was Ben Iken and Darren Lockyer [and myself]”.
Needing to drive back to their accommodation, players suggested getting tuk-tuks, which are small three-wheeled taxis because of their ability to navigate through crowded urban areas and narrow streets.
But Sailor had bigger designs.
“Matty, we don’t get tuk-tuks. I said guys, leave him with me,” he said.
I saw this Mercedes over there. I said: “Oi mate, do you know who we are? Come on dude, take us.”
So this guy standing next to the Mercedes looked at me and said, “What? “.
I said: You heard me, dude.
As he walked, he put a gun directly to my head.
“And at this point I can tell you, I might have been drunk for four days but I got up quickly.”
Sailor would go on to play for Australia at the World Cup after the infamous Bali trip and has not returned to the Indonesian holiday destination since.
Sailor was also a star player for the Queensland Maroons alongside Broncos teammates Darren Lockyer, Ben Eakin and Lotte Tokere who also traveled to Bali for the boys’ trip.
Warner and Bolton couldn’t decide whether to laugh or gasp at this revelation.
Fortunately, Eakin, who had recently relinquished his position with the Broncos to become chief executive of the Queensland Rugby League, acquired a talent for gab at a very young age.
“Ben Iken steps in and goes mate,” said Sailor, “sorry mate we’re an outsider, didn’t mean to disrespect you.”
Dude, can I tell you, I haven’t been back in my mind since then.
So when you are abroad, just respect the culture and the country.