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I’ll Stop Nakarawa

I’ll Stop Nakarawa
November 09
11:46 2018

He’s dangerous, I can wind him up, says Ryan Wilson


Fiji Airways Flying Fijians lock forward Leone Nakarawa is a marked man against Scotland at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh on Sunday starting at 3.30am (Fiji time).

This was after Nakarawa’s former Glasgow Warriors teammate and friend Ryan Wilson told Herald Scotland he is ready to stop the Fijian giant.

Wilson is making no secret of the need to deploy mind games to try to stop Nakarawa.

The closeness of the personal relationship of the pair was demonstrated at the end of last season as, under the message “When uncle Nak Nak comes to visit,”

Nakarawa was pictured balancing the youngest of Wilson’s children on his knee and flanked by the other two on the Glasgow co-captain’s Twitter account, his size accentuated by the setting, alongside a Wendy House.

They have already met up this week, too and doubtless there will be further socialising this weekend, but not until rather more brutal reintroductions are well and truly out of the way and, while Wilson is fully respectful of what that will involve, he reckons he can unsettle his old pal.

“We know what he’s like. He was Euro player of the year in 2017. He’s a dangerous player but we’ll see. We can contain him. I can wind him up enough. I know his buttons and I saw him last night so I put something in his water,” he joked.

Nakarawa admitted his former teammates did manage to get to him during the 2016/17 European Champions Cup when Glasgow got the better of Racing 92 home and away, but claimed ahead of last year’s Fiji-Scotland encounter that it would not happen again and duly delivered a monumental performance as his side claimed a famous 27-22 win.

Meantime, Nakarawa has apparently learned a few psychological tricks of his own, apparently letting his newest clubmate and former Glasgow teammate Finn Russell know just how much he is likely to be targeted by Fiji’s hit men, according to Wilson who knows Scotland cannot make the mistake of paying too much attention to any one man.

“He’s been saying that they’re all ‘gonna run over Finn’, because they play with Finn, but the thing with the Fijians is that you are not going to be able to contain all of them at once because they are all outstanding individual players,” he noted.

“We have got a big focus, the last couple of days, of what we have to do, go out and play well, look after the ball, don’t give them anything and hopefully come out on top.”

Edited by Osea Bola


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