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Fiji name easily the heaviest backline ever assembled in international rugby

By Ian Cameron

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.


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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William 2 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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