Nemani Nadolo faces the Canadians in Fiji’s last warm up match. Photo: The Guardian
Fijian wingers Nemani Nadolo and Waisea Nayacalevu have their work cut out in the opening game of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham on Friday night (7am Saturday Fiji Time).
Nadolo may find it easy trying to ease past English counterpart Anthony Watson if given room to attack but will find it a difficult proposition defending against the Bath winger all night.
England winger’s mother could not watch her son due to fears of him getting hurt, writes Steve James
Anthony Watson plays against Ireland in the warm up Test last week. Photo: Kieran Galvin/REX Shutterstock
You can hardly blame Viv Watson. It is hard enough for us neutral observers to watch some of the collisions seen on today’s rugby fields. You wince and hope the combatants rise to their feet afterwards, which so often they do not do immediately.
However, imagine being a mother watching her son being battered by these behemoths. It must be hell. And that is why when Anthony Watson was younger and at his first club London Irish before moving to Bath his mother, Viv, simply could not watch. “She used to watch the games in the car in the car park at London Irish,” Watson says.
“It was wet and cold and she would read a book instead of watching the game. It was a case of her not wanting to see me get hurt and go into contact and stuff like that.”