Nadolo in doubt for Rugby World Cup

Contract dilemma may keep Nadolo from representing Fiji in next year's world cup. Photo: Getty Images

A dual contract dillemma may keep Nadolo from representing Fiji in next year’s world cup. Photo: Getty Images

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.

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2 responses to “Nadolo in doubt for Rugby World Cup

  1. It will be a disappointment if Nemz (Nadolo) doesn’t play in the World Cup next year. But personally, I think there is a bit too much emphasis nowadays on individuals. It’s an undeniable fact that Fiji have been blessed with super athletes in these last couple of years but still has plenty of centres to pick from. Maybe Nemz may have some details to sort out with the contracts for NEC Green Rockets in the Japanese league and the Crusaders which could taint his judgement but I am still a big fan.

    • Thanks s11099376; Nemani Nadolo would be sorely missed by the Flying Fijians if he missed out on the Rugby World Cup next year . . . big disappointment indeed. He was an integral part of the preparation and the qualifying match against the Cook Islands last month to win the berth in Pool A. His incisive running and lead from the Number 12 position was crucial in Fiji’s attacks.

      But then again, the 2011 RWC saga by the French clubs especially Racing Metro to sabotage their Fijian players to not play in the 2011 PNC thus nullifying their chances of being included in the RWC squad could be again rearing its ugly head.

      The Super Rugby and European club contracts have ravaged the Pacific island nations of their players and through these contracts sabotaged their potential in Test matches as well as their squads for the RWC competition.

      Instead of cleanly reaping financial rewards for players it has come at a high cost of robbing the island nations of their potential in the main event, the Rugby World Cup; minus their key players.

      Fiji, Tonga and Samoa need to unite and address common issues of the poaching of these players and consolidate their resources to put a stop to it. Also find ways to come up with a win win situation where the unions get some quality returns from the daylight robbery of our main resources, our players, being poached and shackled in the process from representing their island nations.

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