Waratahs' 'Lomu' heading abroad
Sydney - Emerging star wing Taqele Naiyaravoro, who has been compared to All
Blacks legend Jonah Lomu, will leave the Waratahs for Edinburgh
Rugby, his club said on Monday.
Naiyaravoro declined to comment on reports he had signed with
Edinburgh, but Waratahs CEO Greg Harris said the Fijian-born powerhouse
had a contractual obligation to the Scottish team.
Naiyaravoro has been likened to the rampaging Lomu as he bumped off
tacklers to score a brilliant solo try in Saturday's Super Rugby loss to
the Western Force in Perth.
It was his fourth try for the season, making him the Waratahs' joint top tryscorer with Wallabies wing Rob Horne.
Although the Waratahs said they would like to retain Naiyaravoro's services, Harris said he was bound for Scotland.
"He's got a contractual obligation to Edinburgh," Harris told the Australian Associated Press.
"Obviously the Waratahs would be very keen to retain his services,
but it's dependent upon a number of factors which we have no control
"If those circumstances change, then we'll work from there."
The hulking outside back has played down comparisons with his
childhood idol Lomu following his sensational try in Perth, when he
broke through four tackles to score on a 40m sideline run.
Lomu, who played 63 times for the All Blacks from 1994 to 2002, is
widely regarded as the first true global superstar of rugby union with
his powerful runs. He had a huge impact on the game.
"He (Lomu) was a big idol for me. I'm nowhere near him," Naiyaravoro said.
"I'll try my best to get close to him."