After wearing the colors of Toulon this season, Leone Nakarawa has decided to take charge of Castres with a one-year contract for the Olympic rugby sevens champion with Fiji.
Leona Nakarawa does not intend to leave the Top 14. After wearing the colors of Racing 92 between 2016 and his dismissal in 2019 and then having reinforced the ranks of Toulon this season, the Fijian international at XV (62 selections) and at 7, Olympic champion of this discipline in Rio in 2016, the native of Tavua has given his agreement to Castres Olympiquevice-champion of France this season after his defeat in the final against Montpellier on the lawn of the Stade de France.
Via a press release, the Castres club confirmed the signing of the 34-year-old player for the 2022-2023 season alone. The signing of Leone Nakarawa will allow CO to strengthen its second line, a sector of play in which the Tarn club lost Loïc Jacquet and Jack Whetton at the end of the 2021-2022 season. The Fijian will also have the opportunity to gain playing time ahead of the upcoming World Cup.
🔵⚪️ 𝐔𝐧 𝐣𝐨𝐮𝐫, 𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐮𝐞
The Fijian international 𝐋𝐞𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐍𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐰𝐚 (34 years old), playing in @RCTofficial is committed with the CO until 2023!
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Nakarawa: “Do everything to participate in the next World Cup”
In the statement of his new club, Leone Nakarawa assured ” that having the opportunity to join a club like the CO is a challenge that cannot be refused “. ” I will find Fijian friends with whom I evolved in selection and who will facilitate my integrationhe added. I want to do everything to participate in the next World Cup but I know that it goes through a great season with Castres that I can’t wait to discover. ” The president of Castres Olympique Pierre-Yves Revol confided that he has ” it didn’t take long to convince ” after talking with the player and his coach Pierre-Yves Broncan.
” It is a very measured bet given the modest conditions in which it comesassured the former president of the NRL. His season in Toulon left him hungry but if he is confident, he is a player who can be very useful and help us to perform on both national and European tables.. Nakarawa therefore completes the recruitment of the club, which is also exclusively made up of JIFF players from Pro D2. »