It is not very often that one of the best players in the world in their position is released mid-season by a club, but Racing 92 have decided to terminate Leone Nakarawa’s contract.
The Fijian lock was late to report back to his club after the World Cup and while it looked as though the situation had blown over, the Parisians have decided to sever ties with the 2018 European player of the year.
It is unlikely, however, that the 31-year-old will be without a club for long, as any club in world rugby would want him in their ranks.
The Olympic gold-winning sevens player plays with typical Fijian flair despite his considerable frame and has truly established himself as one of the world’s premier offloaders of the ball.
There is very rarely a situation where the 6ft 6in lock cannot free his arms in contact and distribute the ball – and that is what makes him so dangerous.
Consequently, fans from all over Europe are pleading their case for Nakarawa to join their club.
On his way to Manchester ?????
— Tommy Tea Pot (@Pippo1973) December 6, 2019
Sooo Nakarawa is a free agent
Cardiff Blues need a second row
We’d better start a go fund me
— SouthTerracer (@TerracerSouth) December 6, 2019
If only Leicester could snap him up, he would be a real game changer to any club he joins next.
— Harry Goward (@GowardHarry) December 6, 2019
You want to see him playing in a side that his style suits, which is very much Bristol. I mean, if the Bears did sign Nakarawa, everyone may as well go home and the trophy can be handed to them now. ????? https://t.co/9mQKVFTzzr
— Marcello Cossali-Francis (@marcello95cf) December 6, 2019
Leone Nakarawa sacked.
Connacht looking for second-row cover.
— Daragh Small (@daraghs0) December 6, 2019
However, perhaps the most compelling cases seem to be from Bristol Bears fans, who feel Nakarawa would suit the style of rugby that Pat Lam is endorsing in the west of England.
With compatriot Semi Radradra having already signed at Ashton Gate ahead of next season and Charles Piutau extending his contract, Bristol looks like the place to play and Nakarawa would complete some unbelievable business for the Bears over the past few weeks.
Please and thanks
— Katie Brennan? (@kxtiebrennxn) December 6, 2019
.@GlasgowWarriors and the SRU board hearing that Nakarawa has been sacked by Racing
— Thistle Scottish Rugby Podcast (@thistlerugbypod) December 6, 2019
Nakarawa sacked minutes before @SaleSharksRugby team announcement ?
— Simon Holman (@SimonHolman9) December 6, 2019
Glasgow Warriors fans also want to see the Fijian return to Scotstoun where he started his career in the northern hemisphere in 2013, playing there for three years.
Bath could do with him. Light on second rows. Imagine him and mercer playing together. Offload city
— Scrum 365 (@Scrum365) December 6, 2019
We'll have him at Leinster not a problem. Slot Nakarawa in with Ryan in the second row
— James Marchant (@SGT_MARCHANT) November 5, 2019
— PJ (@Pugoramma) December 6, 2019
Nakarawa will go somewhere and it will be announced very soon, in turn boosting one club’s fortunes considerably with so much of the northern hemisphere club season still to be played.
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