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Player Profile - David Havili

Our player profile this week is, David Havili, the 19-year-old outside back has just signed a provincial union development contract, committing both parties to a formal development programme as the initial step towards his intended goal of becoming a professional rugby player.

The son of former Nelson Bays representative wing Bill Havili, the gifted young player is capable of wearing any double-digit number on his back. The Tasman union sees his future value lying at either wing or fullback.

Havili's blessed with fine attacking instincts and an ability to glide through gaps, with his obvious potential prompting the Tasman union to spark the process that they anticipate will one day see him playing ITM Cup rugby for the Tasman Makos.

He's been working as a builder's apprentice for about the last 18 months but is definitely eyeing up professional rugby as a genuine career option. David has come through the grades (School and Club) and is now on the pathway to professional rugby.

A product of the Nelson College First XV, Havili plays senior club rugby for Nelson and last season represented Nelson Bays, the Tasman under-20s, the Tasman White Pointers and Tasman Sevens teams. He also played for the Crusaders Knights team this year.

At present David is involved in the National Under 20 camp, with the prospect of possibly representing New Zealand at this year's IRB Junior World Cup to be held around the Auckland region in June.


The Tasman Rugby Union manages and administers all community rugby in Marlborough and Nelson Bays, from high schools through to clubs fielding junior (JAB) and senior rugby teams.

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