The Courier-Mail

Fi­jian cure works for Na­holo

- JAMIE PANDARAM

A TRA­DI­TIONAL Fi­jian heal­ing tech­nique in­volv­ing leaves has seem­ingly done what Western medicine could not – healed a bro­ken leg in four weeks, al­low­ing the All Blacks to se­lect winger Waisake Na­holo in their World Cup squad.

Na­holo was picked in front of sea­soned stars Is­rael Dagg, Cory Jane and Charles Pi­u­tau as one of three wingers in the All Blacks’ 31-man squad weeks af­ter frac­tur­ing his leg.

He had es­sen­tially been r ruled out when he re­port­edly cracked his fibula while play­ing in his de­but Test on July 17, an in­jury sup­posed to lay him low for three months.

Na­holo went to his home vil­lage, Nadroumai, in the south­west­ern re­gion of Nadrog ga, where his un­cle Isei Naiova promised to cure him in time for the tour­na­ment.

Na­holo told SkyS­port New Zealand last night af­ter be­ing un­veiled as part of the All Blacks’ squad: “Ev­ery­body was talk­ing about my leg in there, it was just one thing I re­ally wanted to do so I could be able to be a part of this.”

All Blacks coach Steve Hans sen had pre­vi­ously sug­gested he was con­sid­er­ing Na­holo as a shock se­lec­tion for his squad af­ter the Bledis­loe Cup, warn­ing the Kiwi public not to dism miss tra­di­tional medicine.

Na­holo will not be avail­able to play un­til New Zealand’s third pool match, against Ge­or­gia on Oc­to­ber 3.

The se­lec­tions of one-Test Na­holo, and two-Test whiz kid Nehe Mil­ner-Skud­der as the wing op­tions along­side Ju­lian Savea has led some to ques­tion i if there is enough ex­pe­ri­ence in t the po­si­tion.

The Fiji Times re­ported that u un­cle Naiova had mas­saged his nephew’s leg and ap­plied tra­di­tional leaves known as kawakawa­rau to the area around the fibula.

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