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Watch Fijian Big 3: Easter

  As England face the Vodafone Flying Fijians early tomorrow morning looking to make it 12 wins in a row and their second victory of the Old Mutual Wealth Series
19 Nov 2016 11:58
Watch Fijian Big 3: Easter
Nemani Nadolo

 

As England face the Vodafone Flying Fijians early tomorrow morning looking to make it 12 wins in a row and their second victory of the Old Mutual Wealth Series having beaten South Africa last weekend.

Former England forward Nick Easter who played 54 times for his country spoke to RFU on three Fijian players for England to watch out for.

“England should win this game,” he said.

“Fiji are a good side, we saw at the World Cup that they are a well-coached team but Eddie Jones should have enough to win the game. I would like to think Jones will give some other guys a go, maybe introduce them to Test match rugby. It’ll be a tough game, the Fijians are very good players but it is a game England are expected to win.”

 

Nemani Nadolo, 28, wing, (23 caps, 17 tries)

“The first player I have picked out is Nemani Nadolo, the huge Montpellier wing. At 6ft 5ins and weighing in at 19st 5lbs he is pretty unique in terms of physique. I know Jonah Lomu was the first to come along as the over-sized winger, who was as big as a forward, but this guy is taking it to a whole new level and he’s got skills to boot.

“He is highly-influential. Not only does he have great balance and pace for a big man but he is highly-influential with his skills and Fiji look to get him into the game as often as possible. He is going to be a real handful to stop and the fact he kicks goals shows he is not a one-trick pony. He is not just a big lump who can run quite fast and step he actually gets involved in other ways and I suspect Fiji will use him quite a lot, especially off line-outs as well as scrums and England need to be well aware of that.”

 

Leone Nakarawa, 28, lock (37 caps, seven tries)

“Next up is Leone Nakarawa, the Racing Metro 92 lock. I love this player. He is a ball player, has got great footwork, is a massive bloke. He is an excellent line-out forward and solid in the scrum.

“He gets around the park and makes things happen, whether that be at Glasgow or Racing Metro. You saw what he was like in the sevens at the Olympics, devastating in open play for a guy of that size and if it is a dry day then he will be at the forefront of their running game. For a guy of that size to have such athletic ability and dexterity is a real weapon for Fiji.

“He is another player like Nadolo who has got the size, but also the skill and the evasion to cause England a lot of problems.”

 

Akapusi Qera, 32, flanker (51 caps, nine tries)

“My final player for England to watch out for is Akapusi Qera. I played against him a number of times in the Premiership. He is the skipper and leads by example on the field.

“He’s got a little bit bigger in the last number of years. When he first came around at Gloucester, he was a rapid number seven. He was aggressive but has filled out a little bit more. They use him a lot as a ball carrier into traffic now.

“He is going to determine how physical Fiji are in the collisions. They are always physical but if your captain can lead from the front with a number of big hits and go after England’s fly-half, that will give Fiji direction. He’s done it in the Premiership for years with Gloucester and Montpellier and he will look to lead them forward.”

Feedback:  leonec@fijisun.com.fj



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