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Former New Zealand schools representative Samisoni Taukei’aho made his provincial debut for Waikato in 2017.
Taukei'aho was first spotted while he toured New Zealand as captain of Tonga's Under 15's team and in 2014 he moved to St Paul's Collegiate in Hamilton.
He made his Super Rugby debut for the Chiefs against the Highlanders in 2017 and has become a mainstay ever since.
Taukei'aho was called into the All Blacks squad in 2021 for the Steinlager Series against Fiji and after Dane Coles pulled up with a tight calf during the week of the second Test in Hamilton, he made his Test debut off the bench, scoring two tries.