Nemani Nadolo to be part of Leicester Tigers from 2020/21 season

Nemani Nadolo has played 29 Tests for Fiji
Nemani Nadolo has played 29 Tests for Fiji

Former Fiji international Nemani Nadolo will make a return to the English Premiership in the 2020/21 season after he was signed by Leicester Tigers.

Nadolo will make a switch from Montpellier after being part of the French club since 2016. This will also be the second time he will be part of the Premiership after previously playing for Exeter Chiefs in 2011. He has also represented Perth Spirit, Randwick, Manly, Green Rockets and Crusaders in the past.

Overall, the 32-year-old has amassed over 1000 points in domestic and international rugby in a career spanning over 13 years.

“It’s certainly one to get excited about, no matter who you are,” said Leicester head coach Geordan Murphy.

“He’s a star of the international game and a player that crowds all over the world have been able to enjoy see play.

“Now, the Tigers faithful get that chance and the playing squad, as well as coaching staff, get the opportunity to work alongside and with Nemani from next season.”

After being part of the Australian Under 20 side, Nadolo made his Fiji debut in 2010 and has gone on to make 29 Test appearances scoring 19 tries. He also represented Fiji in the 2015 World Cup and announced retirement from international rugby just months before the 2019 edition in Japan.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about the club," he told the official website of the club.

“Tigers is everything I’m looking for in a club … family first and the vision they have moving forward is something I wanted to be a part of.

When asked about what Tigers supporters can expect of him, he said: “I can’t wait to roll my sleeves up and rip in.”

“It’s a great opportunity for me and my family to come set up shop in your town.

“Hopefully I earn the respect of the fans by doing my talking on the field.”