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Api Naikatini

Position
Lock, Flanker
Hurricane
154
Height
196
Weight
107
Date of birth
04/04/1985
Birthplace
Nadi, Fiji
Province
Wellington
Nickname
Api
Career
2009
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Bio

Api Naikatini became one of eight first time Hurricanes in 2009. An all-action, hugely skilful player equally at home at lock or blindside flanker, 23-year old Naikatini is an exciting player for the future, having played two seasons for the Wellington Lions, enjoying 11 caps in his rookie season in 2007 and making the  2008 Hurricanes Wider Training Squad. In 2008 he was selected eight times to start for the Lions, including six games at lock and two in the No. 6 jersey.

From Nadi in Fiji, Naikatini is the youngest of three rugby-playing brothers and came to New Zealand on a scholarship to Wanganui City College in 2003. Previously he made the Fiji Schools team.

In 2006 he was a member of the Wellington U21 team, earned a New Zealand Colts trial and was a Vodafone Wellington Lions Apprentice player.

Outside of rugby, Naikatini likes volleyball and soccer, names Any Given Sunday as his favourite movie and Fijian food as his favourite meal.

Naikatini struggled through injury in the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup. He was part of the Hurricanes’ Wider Training Group in 2010 and was re-selected for the Vodafone Wellington Lions for the ITM Cup, playing several games at lock as well as his preferred blindside flanker position.

In 2012 Naikatini was playing his rugby in Japan. He represented Fiji in the 2012 Pacific Nations Cup tournament, and again in 2013. He played three appearances for the Wellington Lions in the 2013 ITM Cup, ending the season on 54 provincial caps.

Stats

Provincial Teams
Wellington
Provincial Points
25 (5t)
Provincial Caps
54
Provincial Debut
2007, v Auckland
Super Rugby Caps
4
Appearances
4

Favourite things

Band or Singer:
Fijian Band
Movie:
Any Given Sunday
Holiday Destination:
Fiji
Sport Team or Individual:
Brisbane Broncos

Education

School
Wanganui City College

Rugby facts

Earliest Rugby Memory
Playing barefoot back home in Fiji
Most Admired Rugby Player
My brothers
Biggest Rugby Influence
My Parents
Most Memorable Rugby Moment
Winning the Ranfurly Shield

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