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Nalaga clears the air on mix-up

Anare Ravula
Thursday, June 17, 2010

FORMER national winger Kavekini Nalaga says his son did not join the Flying Fijians camp because he wasn't aware of his inclusion for the Pacific Nations Cup.

The Nasama villager said Napolioni Nalaga arrived into the country for a three-week break after a hectic season for his Clermont club.

"He came with his family for a three week break after playing top club rugby in the Top 14 final for Clermont," Nalaga senior said.

Napolioni scored a try to help Clermont end a 74-year wait for the French title in their 19-6 victory over Perpignan in the Top 14 final at the Stade de France in Paris on May 29.

Nalaga senior said the Fiji Rugby Union did not inform his son of his selection into the national side to play Japan last week.

"They should have informed him while he was still in France rather than at the airport in Nadi."

Nalaga senior said there were other matters that should be considered regarding overseas-based players.

"They are under contracts with their club and they (FRU) should finalise everything on the table including their salary.

"We are in a professional era now and everything should be done professionally.

"Gone are the days where it's only a tap on the back."

He said there was no ill-feelings between his son and the Flying Fijians team management.

"After his break, he will fly to Switzerland for a two-week training session."


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