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Folau Fakatava has been earmarked as a player to watch since standout performances at schoolboy level with Hastings Boys' High School.
Known for an exciting running game, accurate pass and strong defence, Fakatava is widely considered one of the country’s most exciting young players.
The halfback has been central to Hawke’s Bay’s recent success, including helping his side earn promotion to the NPC Premiership in 2020. Outstanding form throughout that campaign saw Fakatava awarded the Duane Monkley Medal as the NPC’s best player.
After making a promising start to the Highlanders 2021 campaign, Fakatava was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
Returning for the Highlanders in the 2022 DHL Super Rugby Pacific has seen Fakatava back to his best, forming a formidable halfback combination with Aaron Smith.
Fakatava made his All Blacks debut from the bench against Ireland at Forsyth Barr Stadium on July 9 2022.