The Western Force has secured the signature of Fijian World Cup wing and former French Top 14 Player of the Year, Napolioni Nalaga, as the club's marquee signing for 2012.
The 25-year-old flyer is an attacking ace who won the French championship's top try scorer title in his first two seasons while also helping Clermont to the Final in both campaigns.
He set the Top 14 alight on his arrival in 2007/08 where he scored 16 tries and backed it up again the following season, adding another 21 to his tally, along with the Top 14 'Player of the Year' and French Dream Team selection.
In 2009/10 he managed eight tries, although one mattered more than most. In front of close to 80,000 fans at the Stade de France Nalaga scored the only try of the Top 14 Final in which Clermont defeated Perpignan to claim their first French national title in nearly a century of trying.
After four standout seasons in France Nalaga sought new challenges and is looking forward to the switch to Super Rugby, the premier provincial competition in the world, and putting his talents on displaying wearing an Western Force jersey.
"I'm pretty excited about coming to Super Rugby, it is a competition I have been following for a long time," Nalaga said from Fiji's World Cup training base in New Zealand.
"There are some very good players and the level of rugby is very high as well.
"I enjoyed my time in France and I'm thankful for the opportunities Clermont gave me but I'm looking forward to a new challenge as well. I haven't ever been to Perth but I know it is a good place and it will be good for my rugby.
"I have spoken to the coach (Richard Graham) about what he wants from me. It will be an exciting season and I'll be working hard and wanting to score tries for my new team mates and the supporters," said Nalaga.
Western Force coach Richard Graham spent considerable time scouring the globe to find a player to replace French bound Samoan winger David Smith and is delighted to have secured a proven world class try scorer.
"Nalaga obviously has the ability to score tries but also importantly he has shown that he can quickly gel into a new environment and different styles of rugby on the back of his efforts when he first arrived in France," Graham said.
"He is a player that can hit the ground running and coming off the back of a World Cup campaign with Fiji he'll be in top condition when he joins us for pre-season training.
"Given we lost David (Smith) and his try scoring I wanted a like for like replacement and I’m confident we've achieved that.
"He is a big man, quick, skilful and knows his way to the line.
"I spoke to numerous people about Nalaga, including the coach that first had him at Clermont (Joe Schmidt), and he couldn't have spoken more highly of him as a person or the work ethic he brought to his preparation and performance.
"We feel as though we're bringing in a very good person and a very good rugby player," Graham said.
Nalaga, who captained the Fijian U21 side at the IRB Junior World Cup in 2006, is expected to play a prominent role for Fiji in their latest World Cup campaign which kicks off on Saturday against Namibia.
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