Flying Fijian inside centre Nemani Nadolo is in doubt to don the national jumper at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, according to a story by Bleacher Report.
The report claims that his dual contract with the Crusaders in Super Rugby and Japanese side NEC Green Rockets will complicate matters on his availability next year.
This is the full story by syndicated columnist Tom Sunderland:
In the eyes of many, a Rugby World Cup is the pinnacle of any player’s career, and 2015 provides the globe’s elite with another chance to shine at the tournament, this time being hosted by England.
However, politics, personal reasons and other mitigating circumstances now play as prominent a role in the international involvement of our stars as ever, and it’s easier said than done for a player to just turn up come contest time.
With just over a year left until the rugby spectacle kicks off, we’ve compiled a line-up of the most promising talents who may yet miss out on their place, be it due to contract disagreements, plans for retirement or otherwise.
It’s worth mentioning that those players whose fates have already been decided regarding their omission from the reckoning haven’t been considered and injury expectations haven’t been taken into account.
The following is the reason why Sunderland believes Nadolo is in doubt for featuring in the Rugby World Cup next year:
It’s an unthinkable prospect when considering the fact that he’s currently one of the world’s most in-form finishers and a credit to the game, but Nemani Nadolo may not be around at next year’s fiesta.
As things stand, his contract in Canterbury runs out at the conclusion of the 2014 season, and there is yet to be official word on his extension.
In all honesty, his Crusaders contract is likely to be resolved in the months to come, but as things stand, the Fijian ace is dual-contracted with Japanese side NEC Green Rockets, which complicates matters tremendously.
Stuff.co.nz quotes the centre-CM-winger in saying:
“It hasn’t been sorted out, yet, but hopefully it will be pretty soon. I am off to Japan after this but I really want to come back and build on this. We’re in talks.
“I have been away with Fiji for a month, so I have just got back. I’m sure things will start cranking up towards the end of the season. Hopefully they will want me and we will sort something out.
“If I am going to play Super Rugby it is going to be with the Crusaders. They have given me this opportunity, so the loyalty is there. I have always wanted to play Super Rugby and in the past things didn’t go my way. These guys came and gave me a lifeline and I am forever indebted to them.”
Fiji aren’t as strict in their selection policies as other nations in the Tasman and Pacific Islands Regions, meaning that wherever Nadolo ends up playing, he’ll likely still be eligible to feature.
However, until the conditions of that new contract come to light, there remains an air of doubt over just how available he’ll be for any potential trip to England.
Other players included in the report who may miss out on England 2015 are Israel Folau, Kurtley Beale, James O’Connor, Frans Steyn, Sam Burgese and Boks’ locking pair Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield.