Another Hurricanes player to come out of New Plymouth’s Francis Douglas Memorial College, Kirifi impressed the club’s coaching staff when he was called in as injury cover in 2018 following an impressive debut season for Wellington in the Mitre 10 Cup the previous year.
He continued that good form, helping the Lions to the premiership semi-final.
A former age-group representative for Taranaki and Waikato, Du’Plessis is named after former Springbok captain Morne Du’Plessis.
He made his debut off the bench against the Waratahs in Sydney, scoring the winning try in that match. Kirifi has since made seven appearances.