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Leicester Fainga'anuku's rise through rugby's ranks was capped with a Test debut for the All Blacks against Ireland in 2022.
A product of the Nelson College First XV, Fainga’anuku was a young star picked to carry on a career in representative rugby having represented New Zealand Schools, Junior Crusaders, Crusaders Development XV and the New Zealand Under 20 side.
He made his provincial debut for Tasman in 2018 and earned a spot in the Crusaders line up against the Brumbies in 2019.
At 188 cm tall and 109 kg, he’s a versatile back who can play both midfield and wing and was a key part of the Tasman Mako team that went back-to-back in the 2019 and 2020 NPC Premiership. He tasted more success with the championship winning Crusaders side in the 2022 DHL Super Rugby Pacific season.
Fainga'anuku made his Test debut against Ireland at Eden Park on July 2, 2022.