WORLD CUP WINNER
Malakai Fekitoa only started playing rugby as a teenager. His talent and 'x-factor' quickly became evident, and he has developed into a powerful midfielder for the Highlanders and the All Blacks.
Fekitoa has earned praise for his powerful running, abrasive defence and hunger to learn more and improve his game. The All Blacks selectors came calling in 2014 after the Tongan-born Fekitoa went from strength to strength in his debut season for the Highlanders and became eligible to play for New Zealand that season. Fekitoa appeared for the Tongan sevens team as a schoolboy. He attended Wesley College, which has produced 10 All Blacks including Rugby World Cup legend Jonah Lomu.
New Zealand centre Malakai Fekitoa joined Wasps from French giants Toulon in the summer of 2019 after two seasons in France.
Fekitoa, who can play at 12 or 13, has bagged eight international tries in 24 appearances for the All Blacks, including two tries at the 2015 Rugby World Cup as he was part of the side which won back-to-back titles for the first time ever.
The powerful centre already has a wealth of experience on his shoulders after four seasons with the Highlanders, where he helped them to a first ever Super Rugby title in 2015.