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Ready For Crusade

Ready For Crusade
From Left:Nemani Nadolo, Alex Hodgman., Jone Macilai.
June 27
14:56 2016

Nemani Nadolo is looking forward to an exciting encounter when his Crusaders play the Chiefs in the Super Rugby match on Friday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

“The match against Chiefs would be a great spectacle and I’m looking forward to it,”Nadolo said.

The sensational Vodafone Flying Fijian winger has also asked the Crusaders supporters in Fiji to cheer them up.

Crusaders will arrive on Wednesday while the Chiefs arrive on Tuesday.

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder will name his squad but Nadolo, Jone Macilai and Alex Hodgman are likely to be in the tour party.

“The team will be named on Monday and we will fly out on Wednesday,”Nadolo said.

The three players played in the warm-up match against the Highlanders in Oamaru last Thursday. Another Fijian Samu Tawake, who is in the Crusaders Development programme, was in the reserve.


Red Rock Proud Of Macilai

Meanwhile, Red Rock Rugby Club coach Lote Rasiga is proud of the achievement of Macilai.

“I remember in 2013 when the Cakaudrove native Macilai came to Suva and we drafted him in our side for the sevens competitions,”Rasiga said.

“He (Macilai) played for us in the local competitions before moving to Northland in 2014 and then into the Crusaders side in 2015.

“Macilai is a class player and we are proud of his achievements.”

“I will be cheering him when he plays for Crusaders. It is a proud moment for the club to see their very own playing for a team like Crusaders.

“I also urge all rugby fans in the country to support the Crusaders.”

Macilai, 25, played 18 games for Northland in the New Zealand provincial competition before he was drafted by the Crusaders and made his debut for the former Super Rugby champions last year and has played 10 games so far. All Blacks centre Setareki Tamanivalu is a definite starter for the Chiefs.

The Crusaders are leading the New Zealand Conference on 43 points, Chiefs on 42pts, Hurricanes 40, Highlanders 38 and Blues 30.


Volavola for McKenzie

A knee injury has ruined Marty McKenzie’s chances of playing for the Crusaders in Fiji on Friday.

It is now likely Vodafone Flying Fijians first- five eighth Ben Volavola will sit on the bench as cover for playmaker Richie Mo’unga.

Utility back McKenzie was hurt during the Crusaders’ 40-12 loss to the Highlanders in their non-competition fixture in Oamaru last Thursday.


Edited by Osea Bola


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