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Tim Nanai-Williams signs for Top14 giants

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Tim Nanai-Williams (Photo: Getty Images)

ASM Clermont Auvergne have today announced the signing of one of rugby’s most exciting wings, Tim Nanai-Williams, on a three-year deal.


The versatile utility back, who is capable of playing at all positions in the three-quarter line, will wear the yellow and blue of the club until June 2021 following his time with the Chiefs.

Nanai-Williams spent eight Super Rugby seasons with the Chiefs, winning two titles and more than 80 games played. He has also made ten appearances for Samoa.

Clermont Auvergne sports director, Franck Azéma said of the signing, “this is the first good news in the construction of our workforce in the coming seasons. Tim is a player with a very strong Super Rugby experience with the Chiefs. He also made some havoc with his national team whether at 7 or 15, especially at the last World Cup.

“Like Ice (Isaiah Toeava), he is an extremely technically talented player with very strong support able to play almost every position on the three-quarter line. We are convinced that this is a player who will surprise in our championship and whose profile perfectly matches the philosophy of game movement that we develop here in Clermont for several seasons. As every time we bring a new player into our squad, the goal is to bring something new, a real plus. We are sure that will be the case for Tim.”

Nanai-Williams will play out next season Super Rugby competition before joining his new team.


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Shaylen 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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