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Noa In Hall Of Fame

Generally using a cracking goosestep leaving defenders in his wake makes Noa Nadruku a class apart firstly in rugby union in the 1990s then to the rugby league paddock in Can­berra, Australia.
19 Oct 2022 13:09
Noa In Hall Of Fame
Noa Nadruku.

Generally using a cracking goosestep leaving defenders in his wake makes Noa Nadruku a class apart firstly in rugby union in the 1990s then to the rugby league paddock in Can­berra, Australia.

 

Raider #151 Nadruku, 54 of Namatakula in Nadroga was final­ly inducted in the Raiders Hall of Fame at its anniversary Gala night in Canberra at the weekend.

His name came up in May this year, but there was no pres­entation.

 

His wife Kolora picked up his award in his absence on Saturday night. Noa is now at his village working on his house.

“My husband is a man of a few words. He would love to be here but he is back in Fiji for some commit­ment,” Kolora said.

“When he said he was offered overseas contracts way back in 1992, I asked him – where do you see our future?

Noa Nadruku's wife Kolora (right) during the Canberra Raiders' Hall of Fame induction in Canberra, Australia. Photo: Canberra Raiders

Noa Nadruku’s wife Kolora (right) during the Canberra Raiders’ Hall of
Fame induction in Canberra, Australia. Photo: Canberra Raiders

“In the same year he represented the Fiji Bati.

“Big business offered big career business to Noa and me to stay back in Fiji but he made up his decision to switch to rugby league.

“He represented the Fiji Bati in New Zeland. He came back to Fiji and said there were certain clubs that were approaching him to play in Australia.

 

“He said St George, a cou­ple others and the Raiders. I asked where the Raid­ers were and he showed me; what really struck me was the green. I said I like that colour, I think you should choose that one.”

“To the Canberra Raiders and honoured guests tonight; I can vividly remember in 1993, Kevin O’Neill, Las McIntyre they came to Fiji to get me and my daughter.”

“The Australian embassy was closed they had to open it to give us our visa to fly back to Australia.”

“It was in May I remember getting off at the airport it was my first winter I ever experienced.”

 

“And since then we are still with Raiders.”

Picked up by then Raiders coach Tim Sheens, winger Nadruku can be dubbed the Godfather of rugby league among Fijians as the Nama­takula freshman boldly paved way for others to follow with his habitu­al running on the sidelines to score hectic tries.

Rugby scouts have been follow­ing Nadruku who represented Fiji in the Honk Kong sevens when he was 20 beating All Blacks on a back­back in 1990 and 1991.

 

The famous Hong Kong rugby sevens final of over the head from maestro Waisale Serevi, and then his (Nadruku) between the legs pass to Tomasi Cama to beat the ABs is still as exhilarating on re­play.

Known for his lightning speed, Nadruku won the Dally M for best winger twice.

 

Nadruku has made 92 appearanc­es for the Raiders, scored 73 tries to accumulate 292 points and also won the grand finale with the Raid­ers in 1994.

“Bula is the name given to Noa by the Raiders when he first joined them.

“It really is an honour to receive this on behalf of my husband. Raiders has been our family and hula to you all.”

 

Story By: sereana.salalo@fijisun.com.fj

 



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