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Waisake Naholo

A formidable linebreaker, Waisake Naholo has speed, power and an ‘x-factor’ well-suited to modern rugby.
Born in Fiji, Naholo made his provincial debut for Wanganui in the 2009 Heartland Championship, while still at Wanganui City College. In 2011 he was selected in the New Zealand Under 20 side for the Junior World Championship.
 
He made his Investec Super Rugby debut for the Blues in 2013 and transferred to the Highlanders in 2015 where he topped the try-scoring list with 13 tries. He scored another eight in 2016 and nine in 2017.
 
Naholo made his All Blacks debut against Argentina in 2015, unfortunately injuring his leg in the same match, but he recovered in time to play two matches at RWC 2015.
 
2016 was a better year for the talented Naholo, who played nine Tests. He then went on to notch up seven appearances for the All Blacks in 2017 and scored six tries.
 
Naholo was called into the All Blacks Sevens squad in 2012 and scored 20 tries in his first World Series. He was also part of the Rugby World Cup Sevens-winning team in 2013, scoring a try in the Final.

Player
Position:
Wing
Born:
08/05/1991
Physical:
1.86m, 105kg
Test Debut:
v Argentina at Christchurch, 17 July 2015
Test Points Breakdown:
16t
Test Points:
80
Caps:
26
Provincial Team:
Taranaki
Super Rugby Team:
Highlanders

Career Comments

  • Career Notes
    Highlanders Super Rugby squad (2015)
    All Blacks Sevens (2012-13)
    Taranaki  (2011-)
    Blues Super Rugby squad (2013)
    New Zealand Under 20 (2011)

    Favourites:

    Rugby ground: Yarrow stadium, New Plymouth
    Rugby player and why: Rupeni Caucaunibula, fast and elusive 
    Food: Mum’s cooking and taro
    Actor/Actress: Temuara Morrison
    Movie: Once were warriors
    Singer/Band/Music type: Lucky Dube
    Holiday destination: Home
    Non-rugby sports team: Silver Ferns
    If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be: studying

Test Match record

(+) subsitute(-) replaced

2015
17 July v Argentina at Christchurch 39-18 (-)
2 Oct vs Georgia at Cardiff 43-10 (-)
10 Oct vs Tonga at Newcastle upon Tyne 47-9 (-)

2016 
11 Jun v Wales at Auckland 39-21
18 June v Wales at Wellington 36-22
25 June v Wales at Dunedin 46-6 (+)
20 August v Australia at Sydney 42-8 (-)
9 October v South Africa at Durban 57-15 (-)
5 November v Ireland at Chicago 29-40 (-)
12 November v Italy at Rome 68-10
20 November v Ireland at Dublin 21-9 (+)
27 November v France at Paris 24-19

2017
1 Jul v British & Irish Lions at Wellington 21-24 (-)
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-10
21 October v Australia at Brisbane 18-23
11 November v France at Paris 38-18
18 November v Scotland 22-17 (-)
25 November v Wales at Cardiff 33-18 (-)

2018
23 Jun v France at Dunedin 49-14
18 Aug v Australia at Sydney 38-13
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 40-12
8 Sep v Argentina at Nelson 46-24 (-)
30 Sep v Argentina at Buenos Aires 35 - 17 (-)
6 Oct v South Africa at Pretoria 32 - 30 (-)
3 November v Japan at Tokyo 31-69 (-)
24 November v Italy at Rome 3-66 (-)