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Dublin: 6°C Tuesday 13 April 2021

There were two great moments before the rugby even started last night

We’re a little bit in love with Fiji this morning.

OK, THERE HAS only been one game and we don’t want to get carried away… but it’s pretty safe to say that Fijian bulldozer Nemani Nadolo is our new favourite rugby player not named Paul O’Connell.

Fiji may have lost their Rugby World Cup opener to England but the 6 foot 5, 20 stone wing gave us plenty of highlights including a display of pure passion before the game even kicked off.

There were tears streaming down Nadolo’s face when the TV cameras cut to him during the national anthem, proving that sometimes big boys do cry.

For some unknown reason, the TV bosses then decided to cut to an ad break right before the Fijian’s traditional war dance, the Cibi.

And while some would undoubtedly have preferred the Twickenham crowd to fall silent during the ritual, there is something hair-raising about hearing Swing Low Sweet Chariot swell around the ground in response.

In other words, challenge accepted.

Source: World Rugby/YouTube

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