On the eve of the final fixture in an extraordinary 13-month season for Leicester Tigers, Nemani Nadolo has opened up on how much he is enjoying life in the East Midlands.
The box-office wing linked up with his new club during the COVID-19-enforced pause in the season, and has already cemented his place as a firm fan favourite in green, white and red.
And he has now spoken about how much he is loving life at Oval Park and playing at an – albeit empty – Welford Road.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to play for clubs in different parts of the world and different countries, and the one thing that I’m a big believer in, is immersing yourself in the club’s culture and in the local area,” he said.
“My family and I have come over here from France, and it’s just good to be back in an environment which we’re used to – speaking English – and we’re really enjoying it.
“At the moment I’m in the heart of the countryside and I don’t live too far away from the home of pork pies, although I’m ashamed to say I haven’t had one yet.
“But it’s really important to me, and helps give a sense of what this club means to the city and the local area.
“We’ve been here now for three months, the family’s good, and that’s the most important thing. They’re happy, I’m happy.”
And Nadolo, who has experience of countless different environments across the rugby world, revealed how the buzz around the Tigers training ground has him excited for the journey ahead.
He continued: “The setup has obviously added some new coaching staff and some new players like me have come in, but what’s struck me is that [head coach] Steve [Borthwick] and Aled Walters have come in from international backgrounds to be here.
“This is something great to be a part of.
“Because of the rich history of what Leicester Tigers is, people keep raving on about the past and how great they were, but the most exciting part of it is that we get to build on that.”