Star wing hangs up Test boots before World Cup
NEWS: There will be one less big name player at this year’s World Cup in Japan.
Fiji and Montpellier star, Nemani Nadolo, has announced his retirement from international rugby at the age of 30.
The 137kg wing has decided to hang up his international boots ahead of the Rugby World Cup, having amassed 30 caps and 19 tries for his country, including a memorable try against England in the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
Using social media to announce his retirement, Nadolo cited challenges both on and off the field over the past 18 months and explained it was a move that was right for him and his family.
“I thought I’d be the first to let you all know that I’ve called it a day playing for my beloved country Fiji,” said Nadolo.
“First and foremost I want to thank the almighty for without him I believe I would never have gotten this far. The moment I debuted as a ‘caretaker’ of the jersey back in 2010 I would have never thought I’d have played for this long and represented the tiny island of Fiji.
“I want to thank all the coaches, trainers, physios and people I have come in contact with during my time as a “caretaker” of the jersey. To all the past and present players whom I’ve had the honour of playing along side with I want to say big VINAKA..
“Most of all to the PEOPLE of Fiji both in Fiji and abroad I just want to let you all know that it’s been a pleasure to have represented you all over the years. I believe this team belongs to the people of Fiji and it’s because of you we find the motivation to play everytime we get the opportunity and for that, I hope I haven’t let you guys down.
“With the depth and current crop of outside backs coming through I have no doubt that the next “caretakers” of the jersey will do a better job.
“I’ve faced a few challenges over the last 18 months both on and off the field. After speaking to my partner @kimstyleme for a long period of time about this, I felt it was the right decision for me and my family moving forward. I still have a lot to prove and I look forward to doing that with my club @MHR ..
“I wish the coaches and the current squad all the best for the future and have no doubt they will do well!.. #vinaka #veilomani”
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