Waratahs sign 140kg Test rugby wrecking ball

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The Waratahs have added some punch to their line-up for the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season.

New South Wales has signed Fijian wrecking ball Nemani Nadolo to a one year deal, 12 years after the club cut him loose.

Nadolo is a Fijian Test superstar who has scored 22 tries in 32 caps for his country.

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Nemani Nadolo in action for the Crusaders against the Waratahs.

He stands 195cm tall and weighs just shy of 140 kilograms, and his highlight reels feature plenty of barnstorming runs over the top of opposition wingers.

He made his Test debut for Fiji in 2010, when now Waratahs coach Darren Coleman was an assistant for the Pacific nation.

Nadolo was Super Rugby's equal-leading try-scorer with the Crusaders in 2014, and has most recently been playing with Leicester in England's Premiership.

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Nemani Nadolo in action for Leicester Tigers. (CameraSport via Getty Images)

"Who would've thought after leaving these doors 12 years ago I'd get another opportunity to be part of the club again," Nadolo said.

"I'm grateful to Darren and the board for having faith in me and giving me another opportunity."

The coach is glad to have the hulking Fijian on board.

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"We've all seen what Nemani has done in world rugby in the last 10 years and it's incredibly exciting to have him in a sky blue jersey," Coleman said.

"One of the things we identified from our season review was the need to add some size and power to our roster, and Nemani brings a lot of size and physicality which will add an extra dimension to our team.

"He's motivated to get back to Sydney have another crack at Super Rugby and push his claims to get in the Fijian Test team for their 2023 Rugby World Cup campaign."

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