Player Profile

Taqele Naiyaravoro

Wing

Provincial Caps:
35
Provincial Points:
75 (15t)
Provincial Debut:
Round 14 v Lions - Sydney
Super Rugby Caps:
34
Super Rugby Points:
75 (15t)
Super Rugby Debut:
Round 14 v Lions - Sydney
Test Rugby Caps:
2
Test Rugby Points:
10 (2t)
Test Rugby Debut:
5 Sept, 2015 v USA - Chicago
Profile  
Height: 195cm
Weight: 123kg
Date Of Birth: 07/12/1991
Place of Birth: Fiji
Senior Club  
Club Otahuhu (NZ)/ Parramatta Two Blues

A key member of the NSW Waratahs in 2014 and 2015, giant-sized winger, Taqele Naiyaravoro re-signed for the Tahs last year for two seasons following a stint with the Glasgow Warriors.

He returned to Australia in 2016 after being named to re-join the Wallabies for the three Test series against England. The Fijian-born winger came off the bench at the 68 minute mark during the third and final Test against England, crossing for his second try in as many Test matches after the final siren in front of a record crowd at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. 

Having already earned 20 caps for NSW previously, Naiyaravoro was then eligible to play for the Tahs upon his return in their final regular season matches in 2016, in which he managed to add an extra two caps and two tries.

A powerful try-scorer, he made five appearances off the bench for the NSW Waratahs during their Super Rugby Championship year in 2014, scoring his debut Super Rugby try in just his third game against the Highlanders in round 18 that year.

His run-on debut came the following season, when he started on the right wing on 11 occasions and crossed for eight tries. At the conclusion of the 2015 regular season, which was just his second in Super Rugby, Naiyaravoro finished amongst the top five try-scorers.

On a per game average he was second to Israel Folau in  line breaks (1.7 per game) and tackles broken (3.3 per game) for the Waratahs in 2015.

Naiyaravoro was born in the remote Yasawa archipelago in Fiji. He was schooled at Cuvu College and Suva Grammar School in Fiji where he was part of the rugby union and track teams.

Playing on the wing and at flanker in those days, Naiyaravoro was selected to represent his country in the Fijian Under 16s. He was spotted by a scout at the secondary schools rugby championship in Fiji, which saw him move to New Zealand where he joined the Tamaki Sports Academy and Otahuhu Rugby Club.

The stocky winger has also dabbled in rugby league, representing the national Fijian Bati team in the code in 2011. He was selected in the side again in 2013, with the chance to star at the Rugby League World Cup, but was unable to take part due to an ankle injury.

In 2012, at just 21 years of age he was recruited by the Wests Tigers rugby league team in Australia. Despite never making it on to the park in the top tier he scored 23 tries in just 15 games for the Balmain Tigers in the NSW Cup.

He was released by the Tigers in early 2014 to pursue his career in rugby union. Joining the Parramatta Two Blues, Naiyaravoro made his Shute Shield debut at wing and inside centre, crossing for two tries and breaking through defensive lines on several occasions.


Last updated: 9/01/2017