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Nemani Nadolo returning to Super Rugby on one-year deal

By AAP
(Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Powerhouse Fijian international Nemani Nadolo has rejoined the NSW Waratahs ahead of the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season, 12 years after his first stint.

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The veteran winger, aged 34, has signed a one-year deal with NSW, reuniting with Waratahs coach Darren Coleman.

Born in Fiji, Nadolo moved to Brisbane as a baby and schooled there.

He made his Test debut for Fiji in 2010, with Coleman the assistant coach of the Pacific nation team, lining up against Australia.

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Nadolo was originally contracted to the Waratahs back 2008 but limited opportunities saw him head abroad, playing in France, England and Japan before returning to Super Rugby with the Crusaders in New Zealand.

He most recently played for Leicester Tigers in the UK, using his 123kg frame to score ten tries from 21 matches during the 2021-22 Premiership season.

“Who would’ve thought after leaving these doors 12 years ago I’d get another opportunity to be part of the club again,” Nadolo said in a statement.

“I’m grateful to Darren and the board for having faith in me and giving me another opportunity.

“NSW are heading in the right direction and I’m glad I can be a part of their journey.”

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Shaylen 4 hours ago
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