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Nemani Nadolo: I'll always be thankful to Crusaders for faith they showed in me

Published 30/11/2015

Fiji's Nemani Nadolo will leave Crusaders next year
Fiji's Nemani Nadolo will leave Crusaders next year

Fiji international Nemani Nadolo has paid tribute to current side Crusaders after announcing he will leave the New Zealand outfit at the end of next year's Super Rugby season - with France his likely destination.

Nadolo impressed against England, Australia and Wales at the World Cup earlier this year and has decided to part company with the Crusaders when his contract expires in August 2016.

The gigantic left wing, who had a brief spell with Exeter in 2011, joined the Crusaders from Japanese side NEC Green Rockets in 2014 and finished joint-top try scorer in Super Rugby alongside Israel Folau in his debut campaign for the Christchurch side.

Reports in France have linked Nadolo with a move to Top 14 outfit Montpellier, and the 27-year-old acknowledges he owes the Crusaders a lot.

"I was playing in Japan and I thought that was it for me. The faith these guys showed in me is something I'll always be thankful for," he told stuff.co.nz.

"They kick-started my career. They've given me the passion and love for the game again. They've pretty much moulded me into the player I am today."

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