Nemani Nadolo has become one of rugby’s biggest cult stars, possibly because he is one of the biggest men in the game. This weekend he will play for Fiji against England at Twickenham in a match reportedly set to net the RFU approximately £10,000,000. Fijian players will receive £400 each, and the Fiji Rugby Union will receive a £75,000 ‘goodwill gesture’. Most fans of the game think this stinks.
However, in a heartfelt letter, Nemani Nadolo says it is not the players complaining about payments:
Over the last 48 hours a number of news reports have suggested the players in the Fijian team have made complaints about the allowance we receive to play for our country and to honour our people this weekend when we face England at Twickenham. I want to tell you all that this is simply not true.
New Fiji Rugby Union chairman Filimone Waqabaca said he is determined to clean up the organisation’s finances after it posted a FJ$600,000 (US$325,000) loss last year.
England wing Chris Ashton has been suspended for the start of his country’s November Tests.
Fiji played against Scotland at Churchill Park in Lautoka this Saturday, 16 June. The match Kick off was at 04.00 SA time.
This was a one off test match between the teams as part of Scotland’s three test match tour of Australasia.
The match referee was Jaco Pyper.
Scotland have made two change to the starting line up of their team to play in the test match against Fiji in Lautoka this Saturday, 16 June. Kick off is at 04.00 SA time.
Today’s article about northern hemisphere players who may be less well known, at this stage, focuses on the 2011/2012 RaboDirect Pro12 Players player of the season, winger Tim Visser. He is currently touring Australasia with the rest of his Scotland team mates.