Waisake Naholo

A formidable linebreaker, Waisake Naholo realised the potential he evidenced at a young age, with speed, power and x-factor well-suited to modern rugby.

He made his All Blacks debut against Argentina in 2015, unfortunately injuring his leg in the same match, but recovered in time to play two matches at RWC 2015. Injury again limited his time on the field during 2016 Investec Super Rugby but when he did appear he showed all of his trademark pace and brilliance.

Born in Fiji, by the time he was 18 years old, Naholo was playing provincial rugby. He 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. Naholo was then called into the All Blacks Sevens squad in 2012.

In 2014, he played in every match for Taranaki and scored nine tries as the team claimed the ITM Cup Premiership. The Highlanders then snapped him up for the 2015 season and he thrived in the southern environment - helping the team to its first title - and was one of the competition's top tryscorers.

1.86m, 105kg
Test Debut:
v Argentina at Christchurch, 17 July 2015
Test Points Breakdown:
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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)


    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

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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 (-)

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

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 (-)

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 (-)