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Nadolo has the last laugh

May 16
09:08 2014

Nadolo, who is starring on the wing for the Crusaders, was unwanted by Australian Super Rugby teams.

Brisbane: Born in Fiji, Nadolo, 26, moved to Brisbane when he was three years old. His father, Iliesa Siganiyavi, played for Queensland. After leaving Nudgee College in Brisbane, Nadolo played for Perth Spirit in the defunct Australian Rugby Championship, but he was not offered a Super Rugby contract by the Western Force.
Formerly known as Ratu Nasiganiyavi, Nadolo played for Sydney club Randwick and represented the Australian Under-20 team before being picked up by the NSW Waratahs in 2009.
He was the top tryscorer in the Sydney club competition but lasted only one season with the Waratahs. The following year, he made his test debut for Fiji and was lost to Australian rugby.
Five years later, the 130 kilogram and 195 centimetre Nadolo is the equal second leading try scorer in Super Rugby with six tries in seven games, including two in the Crusaders’ 57-29 win against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane on Sunday.
“With Nemani, or Ratu when he was here, I don’t think he got the opportunity at the Waratahs,” said Waratahs winger Matt Carraro. Carraro was confident another young Fijian-born winger, Taqele Naiyaravoro, would receive more support at the Waratahs.
The Waratahs have recruited Naiyaravoro from NRL club Wests Tigers for the rest of the Super Rugby season and next year as well. The Australian

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