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Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Friday, January 5, 2018
"IT does not matter if you are local or you are an overseas-based player, this is the national team so everyone should play their part and to a certain standard."

These words were what our lanky stalwart and Rio gold medallist Leone Nakarawa stated prior to the June Test window that saw Nakarawa playing a vital role as Fiji beat Italy and Scotland at home.

Nakarawa did his rugby lovers proud as he was named the world's best rugby player for 2017 by renowned rugby website Rugbypasss.com.

His uncanny ability, spectacular offloading skills and one-hand ball handling won hearts of dozens of rugby fans here and overseas.

It is always a beauty to see Nakarawa playing, knowing that his magic can spur Fiji to wins.

Apart from making a name for himself in 15s, Nakarawa seemed to be a lucky charm for our men's 7s team.

He was part of the magical 2013 HK 7s team coached by Dere that defended their title by beating the Welsh Dragons 26-19.

Who can forget that moment of madness as the Flying Fijians stormed So Kon Po Stadium, coming from 19-0 down to sting Wales.

Then Nakarawa was part of Ben Ryan's jig-saw puzzle that helped Fiji win back to back WRSS titles and the gold medal in Rio.

Yesterday's The Fiji Times reported that Gareth Baber could consider Racing 92's star for the Commonwealth Games and RWC 7s.

Thank you Baber for this consideration.

Until then let's wait for more sizzling runs, dummies and bullet shots coming from our hero as the rugby season gains momentum.

Wananavu Nakarawa!

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