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.
v Argentina at Christchurch, 17 July 2015
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Highlanders Super Rugby squad (2015)
All Blacks Sevens (2012-13)
Blues Super Rugby squad (2013)
New Zealand Under 20 (2011)
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