Place of Birth: Sigatoka, Fiji
Senior Club: GPS
School: Nadroga Navosa Provincial High School
Queensland Country NRC (2016)
Australian Wallabies (2017-)
Eto Nabuli has found comfort and form in his new home of Ballymore, with his most recent season his most successful since returning to his Rugby roots.
Nabuli was a revelation in 2017 as his efforts as the Reds’ leading try scorer in Super Rugby earned him a Test debut against Scotland in June, before he helped Bond University Queensland Country to its first National Rugby Championship title.
Standing at 197cm and weighing 108kg, you could be forgiven for being intimidated by Nabuli’s frame, but the big Fijian is rarely seen without a smile on his face and is as gentle off the field as he is imposing on it.
Although he grew up in Fiji playing the 15-man code, Nabuli’s road to the St.George Queensland Reds came via the NRL
He experienced a rapid rise in his professional career after being spotted by former NRL stars Andrew Johns and Brad Fittler while working as a porter in a Fijian hotel.
He moved to Australia to pursue his dreams and in 2013 he was named in the NSW Cup Team of the Year after scoring 29 tries in his first season.
In 2014 he made his international Rugby League debut for Fiji and starred for the Panthers in their 2014 NSW Cup Grand Final win over Newcastle. He then signed a one-year contract with the Dragons to play in the NRL in 2015 – scoring seven tries in 13 games.
Nabuli joined the Reds ahead of the 2016 Super Rugby season.