Crusaders sign ‘monster’ wing

2013-10-31 13:27

Cape Town - The Crusaders have included giant Fijian wing Nemani Nadolo in their squad for next year's Super Rugby competition.

Nadolo, 25, currently plays for NEC Green Rockets in Japan and at 1.95m and 130kg will take some stopping.

He has represented Fiji in eight Tests and previously spent a season in Super Rugby with the Waratahs in 2009.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder, in an interview with the TVNZ website, said Nadolo will be one of the most exciting prospects in next year's competition.

Blackadder described him as an "absolute hulk of a man", but also said he was impressed with the speed he possesses for such a big man, drawing comparisons with former All Black wing Jonah Lomu.

Nadolo is one of five newcomers in the Crusaders squad for 2014.

Also among the newcomers is a familiar face in flyhalf Colin Slade who returns having last played for the Crusaders in 2010 after spending two seasons with the Highlanders.

Also returning to his roots in joining the Crusaders squad is prop Tim Perry who played for the Blues this year.

The other newcomers are Mitchell Drummond (scrumhalf), Rey Lee-Lo (centre).

Meanwhile, All Black flyhalf Dan Carter was listed but will not be available until after June because he has been granted a six-month sabbatical.

Carter's extended leave was the reason Slade was recruited from the Highlanders.

Crusaders squad:

Dominic Bird, Tyler Bleyendaal, Daniel Carter, Wyatt Crockett, Ryan Crotty, Israel Dagg, Mitchell Drummond, Andy Ellis, Corey Flynn, Owen Franks, Ben Funnell, Zac Guildford, Willi Heinz, Nepo Laulala, Rey Lee-Lo, Richie McCaw, Johnny McNicholl, Joe Moody, Nemani Nadolo, Tim Perry, Kieran Read, Luke Romano, Colin Slade, Jordan Taufua, Codie Taylor, Tom Taylor, Matt Todd, Jimmy Tupou, Adam Whitelock, George Whitelock, Luke Whitelock, Sam Whitelock.

Wider training group: Jed Brown, Kieron Fonotia, Mike Kainga, Rob Thompson.


  • Michael Galloway - 2013-10-31 13:33

    where is carter?

      Jonny Fairplay - 2013-10-31 14:30

      On Sabattical!!!!!!!

      Deon Smit - 2013-10-31 14:52

      Check the team sheet

      Adrian Bruwer - 2013-10-31 15:33

      Nemani Nadolo is 1.95 m and weighs 125 kg Cheslin Kolbe is 1.70 m and weighs 79 kg I wonder why the Crusaders don't sign 79 kg wingers?

      Sht Stirrer - 2013-10-31 16:02

      Adrian, because there's only ONE Cheslin Kolbe.

      Omge Klits - 2013-10-31 16:50

      Wonder why these guys are ignoring Allisters minituarisation program - didn't they get his memo.

  • Sht Stirrer - 2013-10-31 13:34

    If he's anything like Jonah Lomu, no problem. Aplon or Kolbe will be able to take him down.

      Petri Visser - 2013-10-31 13:39

      I am sure they will...but 130kg of a wing is moeeeerse. Depends on his speed and well as skill.

      Willempie Visser - 2013-10-31 13:41

      Hehehhe .....Aplon and Kolbe to wake up in hospital!!!!!!!

      Sht Stirrer - 2013-10-31 14:26

      The bigger they are, the harder they fall. And surely this dude has got ankles? The only person that ever ran without legs was Oscar Pistorius.

      Robert Thomas - 2013-10-31 14:29

      Oh yes, I remember how Aplon and Kolbe used to bring down also predicted that WP were going to kill the Sharks I guess??

      Jonny Fairplay - 2013-10-31 14:36

      We have only 3 oustide backs next year (Kolbe, Aplon, Taute) and no back-up. Instead of getting a 3rd scrumhalf that i am not convinced of, and will most likely we will lose Schreuder and/or Groom, how about getting some monsters ourselves

      Jonny Fairplay - 2013-10-31 14:37

      *and will most likely cause us to loose

      Jonny Fairplay - 2013-10-31 14:37

      *lose....way to many beers

      Sht Stirrer - 2013-10-31 15:02

      Robert, the most important part of reading is comprehension, but in your case it's maybe a bridge too far. Let me explain *sigh* - you look a tad young to know who Jonah Lomu is, and his style of play. He was moerse big and fast, but not very agile, nor was he a good rugby player. He was just a wrecking ball (with apologies to Miley Cyrus). He depended on size and speed only. Anybody who tried to tackle him from the waist up, came off badly. BUT: tackling him from the knees down brought him down, every time, and the opposition quickly learned that, effectively neutralizing him. And no, I never said Province will kill the Sharks. Only idiots predict the outcome of finals. Or comment on things they have no clue about.

      JamesBlacksmith - 2013-10-31 15:15

      Big boy this. And fast. Check out his highlights on Youtube.

      Robert Thomas - 2013-11-01 05:48

      I don't know how old you are Sht Stingel(I was finishing high school back in 1995, so I was there to see him burst onto the scene and sadly having to retire(and a few unsuccessful comebacks). But looking at your profile pic you get a kick out of pi$$ing on animals....sies man. I know Lomu's game rather well, he had a decent sidestep for a 120kg Wrecking Ball(sorry, don't want you to think I'm going on about your latest favorite single), not that he used it much, as he preferred to run over opponents....ask the Underwood Brothers and most of the England team of 1995 or should I say most teams, seeing that the Boks were the only team he never scored a try against. That didn't quite work out for a "clever little comeback" now did it....? Guess it's okay to be calling you the idiot then.....

      Sht Stirrer - 2013-11-01 10:06

      Robert, the comprehension problem again *sigh* - my profile pic shows me pissing on idiots. You better duck. Lomu sidestep? It's not that he didn't use it much, he never used it at all. And the only guys he ran over were the ones too scared to tackle him low. BTW, I've got a good 20 years on you, kiddo.

  • Willempie Visser - 2013-10-31 13:35

    Midget Kolbe will have no problem in stopping this giant. It is time for WP midgets to start taking growth hormones.!

  • George Hoddle - 2013-11-01 02:27

    This will be interesting to see how this guy goes. He is Lote's cousin killed it for Randwick but could not crack the Waratahs. He played OZ under 20's and went to school in Brisbane, was getting no where in Australia so took a contract in France and got capped by Fiji. Why is the above relevant? Well if this guys kills it as I suspect he will under the Crusader program it will yet again highlight the problem with Australian rugby. It is not a matter of lack of talent just no idea what to do with it.

  • Leon Avenant - 2013-11-01 04:58

    Contract with Saders well that tells you everything you need to know.....None of the SA players know where knees are of a rugby player...they only know how to ask for a phone number when tackling....Nonu have shown this why he is difficult to tackle and it will be the same with him. And he does no need skills. he just needs to know where the white line is. With brilliant centres like the saders and with Dan and Colin he is gona have a feast. I only see him struggle against the Chiefs....Since they have taken wrecker machine Robbie Freuen.

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