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‘I changed my name for mum’

February 01
12:00 2010

image Written By : MACIU MALO. Formerly known as Ratu Nasiganiyavi, Waratahs blockbusting winger Nemani Nadolo clears the air on the reason he changed his name.
The giant Fijian flyer said the name Nadolo is his mum’s last name which he had used in his new name.
“Nadolo is my mum’s last name, she hails from Nakavu Village in Nadi,” he said.
“I have changed my name for personal family reasons.
“And I’m proud to have my mum’s last name added unto my name.”
Nadolo played a huge role in the Waratahs 85-17 win over the Air Pacific Fiji Warriors over the weekend.
The Namatakula flyer said one defining moment caught his attention before that game against the Fiji Warriors was when he heard his fellow countrymen sang hymns.
“Hearing my fellow Fijian brothers sung hymns from our corner made me feel at home. I was really touched hearing them sung hymns.” Nadolo said he always loved to play against the Fijians and scoring a try against the Fiji Warriors was enough to prepare him for the upcoming Super 14 competition. “It’s always good to play against my fellow countrymen,” said the Randwick flyer.
“Even though the scoresheet was one-sided the Warriors played well,” Nadolo said.
With injuries to Wallaby rep Drew Mitchell, Nadolo was called up for the Fiji Warriors game where he took his chances scoring a try in the 26th minute of the game.
Nadolo said knowing that he had a big shoes to fill he played his heart out against his countrymen and helped his team walloped the Samu Domoni coached Fiji Warriors.
“I’m lucky to be given the chance to play after the injury to Drew Mitchell, I think I took my chances well and I’m happy with my game.”
“Now I’m ready for the Super 14 competition and I’m looking forward in helping my team do well.”
Standing at 1.96m with a massive weight of 125kg the Navosa native has not ruled out any chances of representing Fiji in the oval ball game.
“At this point in time I will just have to concentrate on helping the Waratahs to do well in this year’s Super 14,” Nadolo said.
“Only time will tell whether I will play for Fiji or for the Wallabies if given the opportunity,” he added.
Nadolo is the son of former Queensland Rugby rep Isei Nasiganiyavi and is the cousin of former Waratah and Wallaby flyer Lote Tuqiri. He played wing or fullback in 15s and a prop in 7s.

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