Etene Nanai-Seturo showed why he's got everyone talking in New Zealand rugby

2018 New Zealand Sevens

A young 18-year-old New Zealand rugby player is making quite a name for himself with some individual strength and tenacity after appearing to have butchered a pass when running towards the tryline in the All Blacks' victory against France in the Hamilton Sevens.

Etene Nanai-Seturo kicked a loose ball up-field, chased after it, and then checked inside, only for a French full-back to be blocking his path.

While many thought the young Sevens player had made the wrong call by failing to deliver a pass to one of the two onrushing teammates, the Kiwi bulldozed his way past the French defensive player to score the try, crowning a smashing 57-7 victory to open the competition.

New Zealand ended up losing in the semi-final 14-12 to Fiji after their colossal win against the French, however, but it's the teenager who is getting all the headlines.

The ridiculous fend and subsequent try demonstrated a strength and skill way beyond the 18-year-old's years, which explains why the cross-code rookie is so sought after.

Rugby blood also runs through his veins with the fact that Etene is cousins with Waikato Chiefs rugby union star Tim Nanai-Williams, who has made 11 appearances for Samoa.

Etene's relative is also cousins with All Black Sonny Bill Williams, who has been at the forefront of the New Zealand team over the past few years.

The 18-year-old has been at the centre of a dispute after turning out for the All Black Sevens side in Sydney last weekend, despite being under contract with the NRL franchise.

His national side appearance raised the tempers of Warriors CEO Cameron George, who accused NZR of "disrespectful" conduct in their behaviour regarding the Seturo's future.

Either way, it appears as if Etene Nanai-Seturo looks to be set for a massive future in New Zealand rugby union or league.

His strength and audacity shown last weekend to hold off the French opponent and score has certainly caught the eye of many across the rugby world.

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