Could Naholo 2.0 be the next sibling success in the black jersey?


If recent form is anything to go by, New Zealand Rugby could have more sibling success in the black jersey in the not so distant future.

Kini Naholo, brother of All Blacks winger Waisake, has been scoring tries for fun for Hasting's Boys High School's first fifteen this season.

He's crossed over the white line 34 times for the number one ranked college side in the country.

"They work hard (the team), mostly I just get the ball and put it down, the team just does a lot of work" the softly spoken 18-year-old says.

He arrived in Hawke's Bay two years ago after a phone call came out of the blue from Fiji, asking if he could come play for the school.

"We didn't know anything about him other than he was the brother of Waisake Naholo and he had another brother at New Plymouth Boys, so we said yeah you can come over and have a look, there were no guarantees he had to prove himself." Hasting's Boys High School's Jason Bird told 1 NEWS.

"It's not the tally of tries he is scoring but it's the positions he's putting himself in, using his rugby knowledge to do that rather than just his raw speed and power," Bird says.

He's a cog in a stunning season so far, sitting top of the North Island Super Eight competition, conceding only three points from six games.

Featuring thirteen junior Super Rugby reps they're looking to go one better than last season after losing to Mt Albert Grammar in the national final.

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