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Fiji name easily the heaviest backline ever assembled in international rugby

By Ian Cameron

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Fiji have named what is almost certainly the heaviest backline ever assembled in international rugby for their clash with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin this weekend.

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The outside backs – 11 through 15 – are so massive, that their average weight would see them compare with a mid-sized forward pack.

And they are coming up against a sizeable Irish backline too, who themselves boast 6’4, 110kg Chris Farrell and 6’4, 108kg Stuart McCloskey in their number.

An argument could also be made that any side that includes 137kg Nemani Nadolo in their ranks is going to be lopsidedly heavy – and that is true, but only to a point. This is an enormous side throughout.

From 137kg Nadolo at 11, they include: 103kg Levani Botia, La Rochelle’s coverted backrow; 112kg Pau centre Jale Vatubua, slimmed down from 125kg; Montpellier’s 106kg Timoci Nagusa and the comparatively lightweight La Rochelle fullback, 97kg Kini Murimurivalu.

Their average weight is 111kg. That’s 17st 7Ibs in old money or 245Ibs in American.

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