- DOB7 Dec 1991
- BirthplaceYasawa Islands
Powerful Fijian-born wing Taqele Naiyaravoro quickly became a Saints supporter favourite after arriving in Northampton ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Arriving at Franklin's Gardens fresh from breaking the Waratah's single-season try-scoring record in Super Rugby, Naiyaravoro began his rugby in the other code, plying his trade for rugby league side West Tigers before turning out for Balmain Tigers in the NSW Cup.
A switch to rugby union saw him link up with NSW Waratah's between 2014 and 2015, before taking a year out of Super Rugby to feature for Glasgow Warriors – scoring nine tries in his 22 appearances there.
Naiyaravoro then headed to Japan’s Top League and Panasonic Wild Knights where he was selected to feature in a World XV side in 2015; the wing posted a hat-trick in his debut against Japan before being named in the Barbarians squad to face Samoa just a week later.
Those performances earned the wing a call up to the Wallabies, with Naiyaravoro making his Australia debut against USA before returning to Waratahs and making a second Test appearance against England in 2016.
Naiyaravoro was selected for the Barbarians again during the 2016 end-of-year internationals, starting against South Africa and scoring a try while setting up two more in a man-of-the-match performance, before featuring for the famous touring side again in a one-off match against England in 2019 following a stellar first season with Saints.
That first campaign saw him make 28 Northampton appearances and score 11 tries as Saints reached the knock-out stages of every senior competition – lifting the Premiership Rugby Cup along the way.
And after making more metres and clean breaks than any other player in the Premiership, and becoming the only player to beat a century of defenders in one league season since data has been recorded, Naiyaravoro brought up a half-century of Saints appearances in 2019/20 before adding a further six tries and 14 appearances to his tally in 2020/21.