Nicky Little

2011-09-09 14:35
Nicky Little (File)

Full name: Nick Tyrone Little
Date of birth: September 13 1976
Place of birth: Tokoroa, Waikato
Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight: 96 kg (15 st 2 lb)
Nickname: Nicky
School: Mosman Park Primary
Position: Flyhalf
Club: Unattached

Flyhalf Nicky Little is one of the best rugby players Fiji have ever produced and is the national team’s  most capped player and highest points scorer.

Little comes from a family famous for its rugby players, and his career statistics become less surprising once you realise that his uncle is former All black great Walter Little.

The 34-year-old was born in Tokoroa, New Zealand – the same area where fellow world-class flyhalf Quade Cooper was born
Little has had a journeyman’s career, having played for nine professional sides and 11 teams in total since 1994.

Fiji’s all time top scorer started his rugby career at amateur clubs Te and Awamutu  before joining New Zealand provincial side Canterbury in 1997.

However, the flyhalf didn’t spend long at Canterbury and left for Waikato, another provincial team, after only a single season. He joined his third New Zealand provincial club the following year when he signed for North Harbour.

After two years at North Harbour Little left New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere completely to pursue a career in Europe and joined English Premiership side Sale Sharks.

After a year with Sale, Little moved to second division French side DAX and then on to Pontypridd in Wales after another year.
Little stayed at Pontypridd for three seasons before moving to English Premiership side Saracens in 2006, but left to join Italian side Petrarca Padova Rugby in 2009.

The following year Little joined Bath, but left after a single season once again and is currently without a club.

Little’s international career has been far more stable. The flyhalf made his debut against the Springboks in 1996 and has stayed faithful to the Fijian national team throughout all of his club movements.

The Fiji stalwart will go into the World Cup with 68 caps and 670 points, making him Fiji’s top points scorer and the top scorer for any Pacific island team.


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