A PHYSICALLY IMPOSING lock with great athleticism, Isaia Walker-Leawere’s game has developed in all areas since his move to Wellington in 2016. Educated at Gisborne High School, Walker-Leawere was a key member of the New Zealand Under 20s team that won the World Championship in Georgia in 2017.
Since his debut in 2016, he has picked up 12 provincial caps and scored two tries, his second of which was scored against Counties Manukau in Wellington’s impressive 53-12 victory during this year’s Mitre 10 Cup.
The youngest player to join the Hurricanes squad for 2018 at just 19 years old, Walker-Leawere made his Hurricanes debut off the bench against the Brumbies in Canberra. He will be looking to step his game up again for the Maori All Blacks this year.
Walker-Leawere’s father captained Fiji at the Rugby World Cup in 2007.
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