Friday, May 09, 2008
We've featured a a fair amount of brilliant tries from the French Top 14 of late, and coincidentally, a few of them have been from Clermont Auvergne wingers. That's possibly because they're blessed with some standout stars, namely flying Fijian Vilimoni Delasau and French star Aurilien Rougerie .
The man featured today though, is another Fijian, and a name you may not know yet, but will surely be hearing a lot of in the near future. His name is Napolioni Nalaga , and he's currently a try scoring machine in the Top 14 for Clermont.
Twenty two year old Nalaga, who is 6ft3 and weighs over 100kg's, is currently the top try scorer in the French premier division. His first start for Clermont came as a replacement for injured Rougerie, and since then, he hasn't stopped scoring. He scored two tries in each of his first four matches , an incredible feat for a young man starting out in a top division.
He was spotted during the Under 21 World Championship in France in 2006, and was soon invited for a trial at Clermont. The rest as they say, is history.
Big, strong, and supremely quick (under 5 seconds for 40meters), the next in the long line of sensational Fijian wingers is already being compared to greats such as Delasau , Caucaunibuca , with some even daring to call him the next Jonah Lomu because of his raw power and acceleration.
This video features ten of his tries from the season so far, just to give you a taste of why everyones talking about the young man who could prove to be one of the stars of the 2011 Rugby World Cup for Fiji.