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  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby League

    Size isn't everything, says Asofa-Solomona

    Nelson Asofa-Solomona may be marked as the man to stop North Queensland's Jason Taumalolo but he says the Cowboys' small brigade will also cause him trouble.

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    Size isn't everything, according to Melbourne bench forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

    Then again, it is easy for him to say.

    Weighing in at 125kg and standing 201cm tall, the Storm battering ram is not only the NRL's biggest player, he is the largest seen in almost 15 years.

    Former NRL hardman Mark Carroll has nominated Asofa-Solomona as the man to stop North Queensland wrecking ball Jason Taumalolo in Sunday's NRL grand final at ANZ Stadium.

    But Asofa-Solomona insists the Cowboys' smaller brigade such as pint sized hooker Jake Granville will cause him just as much grief in defence despite his hulking frame.

    "It doesn't matter if they are short or tall, they are built strong, they have done a lot of work in the gym," he told Fox Sports.

    "Whether you are tall or short you still have strengths especially the short guys - they are hard to get a hold of, as well as those tall guys."

    According to Fox Sports Lab, Asofa-Solomona is the biggest NRL player since former South Sydney and Newcastle front-rower Matt Parsons (201cm, 120kg) who retired in 2004.

    Remarkably, 21-year-old Asofa-Solomona was even bigger last year, blowing out to almost 130kg.

    "My preparation is key. Whatever I eat whether it is healthy or not I still put on weight," he said.

    "I went out to 128kg last year. I have really got to watch what I eat."

    Asofa-Solomona - in his second full NRL season - is believed to be in New Zealand's World Cup calculations after his rampaging 66th-minute try helped seal Melbourne's 30-0 preliminary final win over Brisbane last weekend.

    "I come from a rugby background (in Wellington). It was a hard journey trying to convince my dad to turn over to rugby league. It took a few holes in the wall but we got there in the end," Asofa-Solomona said.

    "I could have gone to rugby but I felt something leading me here.

    "I am pretty blessed to be in this position. We are not going to take it for granted.

    "I missed out on the grand final last year but I am really keen to rip in for the boys on Sunday."


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