Wednesday 16 January 2019

Nacewa eyes Fiji World Cup run

LEINSTER star Isa Nacewa has admitted that he is tempted at the prospect of playing for Fiji at the World Cup this autumn.

The flying full-back, who was shortlisted for the ERC Player of the Year award, has not played for his adopted country since 2003.

Nacewa has established himself as one of the most potent attacking threats in European club rugby in recent seasons with stellar performances for the Blues.

He scored two tries for the Barbarians against Wales at the weekend in a 31-28 victory, including a stunning individual effort.

His only cap for the Pacific Island nation came eight years ago when he made a substitute appearance against Scotland, but the Auckland-born star has been in the international wilderness ever since.

He is strongly considering a move back to the Fijian colours in a bid to take part in this autumn's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

"I haven't made a decision yet," he said. "It's been a long season and a great one, with the Heineken cup win and the Barbarians, so I'd quite like it to go on. Going to the World Cup is tempting and I have to decide by June 20."

Nacewa said that he would have to have the blessing of Leinster coach Joe Schmidt before committing to the tournament.

"I've made a huge commitment to Leinster," he added. "I think they are expecting me to be around (early next season) and it's something I'll uphold if they want me to."

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