NSW Waratahs sign Nemani Nadolo for 2023 season


The Waratahs have added some punch to their roster for the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season.

New South Wales have signed Fijian wrecking ball Nemani Nadolo on a one-year deal, 12 years after the club released him.

Nadolo is a Fijian Test superstar who has scored 22 tries in 32 caps for his country.

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He is 195cm tall and weighs just under 140 kilograms, and his flagship rolls feature plenty of barn runs over opposing wingers.

He made his Test debut for Fiji in 2010, when Waratahs coach Darren Coleman was now an assistant for the Pacific nation.

Nadolo was Super Rugby’s top try scorer for the Crusaders in 2014, and recently played for Leicester in the English Premiership.

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“Who would have thought that after leaving these doors 12 years ago, I would have another opportunity to be part of the club again,” Nadolo said.

“I’m grateful to Darren and the board for trusting me and giving me another opportunity.”

The coach is happy to have the big Fijian on board.

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“We’ve all seen what Nemani has done in world rugby over the past 10 years and it’s incredibly exciting to have him in a sky blue shirt,” Coleman said.

“One of the things we identified in our review of the season was the need to add size and power to our roster, and Nemani brings a lot of size and physicality which will add an extra dimension to our team.

“He is motivated to return to Sydney, have another chance at Super Rugby and push his claim to be part of the Fiji Test squad for their 2023 Rugby World Cup campaign.”

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