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England’s Watson Pumped For Challenge Against Giant Nadolo

Anthony Watson, England’s starlet wing, is ready to savour what he expects to be the biggest physical challenge of his career when he goes head-to-head with the exceptional talent of
15 Sep 2015 10:02
England’s Watson Pumped For Challenge Against Giant Nadolo
Sizing up to Nemani Nadolo... Anthony Watson. Photo: Rugby World Cup

Anthony Watson, England’s starlet wing, is ready to savour what he expects to be the biggest physical challenge of his career when he goes head-to-head with the exceptional talent of the Vodafone Flying Fijians colossus Nemani Nadolo in the opening game of Rugby World Cup 2015.

The Bath speedster reckons he has enjoyed tackling some flying “big boys” during his 10 months in the England jersey which have showcased his own considerable abilities.

Yet the 21-year-old accepts he may have never come across anyone quite like the 125kg, 1.94m (19st 11lb, 6ft 4in), Nadolo, who has been talked up as Fiji’s answer to

“It is something I look forward to. That is part and parcel of why a lot of us play rugby – that physical confrontation,” said Watson, who is well aware not just of the size but of the all-round skill of Nadolo, the Crusaders wing who has been racking up tries for fun in Super Rugby.

“Trying to impose my game on a player like that will be a massive challenge and an opportunity I would look forward to and try to take with both hands.”

It could, Watson feels, be an even bigger physical examination than the two toughest opponents he reckons he has faced, Wales powerhouse George North and the smaller but equally skilful Samoan, David Lemi.

Nadolo, a giant with pace and fine kicking ability too, may take some stopping but Watson, who is giving away 35kg (5st 7lb) in this catchweight contest, could still prove to be just as much of a handful.

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