Rugby Union

Man mountain looking to ‘run over’ England

Nemani Nadolo at 12 years stood 6ft tall and weighed 83kg, today he is 6ft 5in tall and tips the scales at more than 127kg. Nadolo eats five poached eggs for breakfast, five mackerels for lunch and a whole chicken or half a kilo of steak for supper, washed down with soup. Even by the standards […]

Calvin Prasad

September 14, 2015 11:32 am

Nemani Nadolo at 12 years stood 6ft tall and weighed 83kg, today he is 6ft 5in tall and tips the scales at more than 127kg.

Nadolo eats five poached eggs for breakfast, five mackerels for lunch and a whole chicken or half a kilo of steak for supper, washed down with soup.

Even by the standards of modern rugby, Nadolo is a giant albeit a very fast one out to derail England’s hopes of winning the 2015 World Cup on home soil.

On Friday night, Nadolo, a polite, softly spoken and devout Christian, will terrify the living daylights out of England in the competition’s opening match, watched by 90,000 inside Twickenham and some billions of television viewers worldwide.

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Already a star down under, Nadolo has been the leading try scorer over the past two years in the Super 12s, the club competition played by the best teams in the southern hemisphere. Friday will, if all goes to plan, elevate him to worldwide sporting celebrity. Photo: Rex Features
Today, the Fijian and the rest of his team-mates will go to church in London and pray for victory. Whoever is the England winger picked to play opposite Nadolo will simply be praying he doesn’t come running at him full pelt.

Nadolo is the embodiment of the changing face – or rather physique – of rugby. Official statistics show players now weigh on average eight per cent more than since 1995, when rugby union became a professional sport.

Nadolo last week at Team Fiji’s base in England:

I have always been a big lad growing up.

I have probably got a bit more size now.

My first instinct is to run over the man. I have to use my size. That has been my advantage over the past few years.

A lot of people have tried in the past to mould me into something I’m not. Now I’m blessed to be coached by people who don’t do that

To put it in perspective, Jonah Lomu, who famously demolished England in the 1995 World Cup semi-final, scoring four tries, weighed almost two stones less than Nadolo, who is every bit as quick. Nadolo’s sprint times are kept a top secret, but he is said to run the 100 metres in about 10.8 seconds. That’s only a second slower than Usain Bolt, the world record holder.

As a young player, he had an unhappy five-month spell playing for Exeter. He was convicted of drink driving in May 2011 and left the club by mutual consent the next day.

I was young and naive and away from family and you do some stupid things and you learn from it.

Source: The Telegraph

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