Isi Naisarani

  • 24 Age
  • 110kg Weight
  • 195cm Height

Biography

Isi Naisarani is a hulking No.8, who has established himself's as one of Australia's premier forwards. Originally hailing from Naitasiri, Fiji, Naisarani has made a name for himself as an uncompromising No.8 who dismantles any opposition which stands in front of his carries. 

The reigning Melbourne Rebels Players' Player has become a fan favourite in Melbourne for his unrelenting and competitive nature, which has seen the back rower catapult himself into being the first-choice No.8 for the Wallabies.

Highlights

2017

His senior career began with Brisbane City in the NRC where he played seven matches and crossed for five tries in what was a standout year for the youngster, before earning a professional contract with the Western Force for the 2017 Super Rugby season.

Naisarani enjoyed an excellent Super Rugby debut campaign in 2017, claiming the Nathan Sharpe Medal as their Player of the Year. He was the first player ever to do so in their first season of professional rugby, compiling some impressive statistics along the way with 126 runs, 662 run metres, 22 tackle busts and 108 tackles.

In September 2017, Naisarani signed a one-year deal with the Brumbies for the 2018 Super Rugby season.

2018

Naisarani made 15 appearances for the Brumbies in 2018 taking his Super Rugby cap tally to 30 by the end of the season. 

At the end of the 2018 season he signed with the Rebels and linked up with former Force coach Dave Wessels at his new side.

2019

The Fijian-born back-rower became eligible for Wallabies selection in April 2019, which was one of the several positive stories which surrounded the bustling number eight's season.

While Naisarani missed three games through injury in 2019, the forward played an outstanding 13 matches, all of which contained full 80-minute performances. A consistent bright light in what ultimately ended as a disappointing year for the Club, Naisarani earned the respect of his peers to be crowned the Rebels' Players' Player, the Club's most valuable player award. 

Naisarani was selected for the Wallabies' 2019 The Rugby Championship squad, and made his Australian debut at Ellis Park in Johannesburg against the Springboks in week one, starting as the side's number eight, and subsequently playing in Australia's next two matches against Argentina and New Zealand.

Following an impressive start to his international career, Naisarani was selected in the Wallabies' 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Naisarani shone on the international stage, starting and playing in four matches, including Australia's quarter final loss to England.

Representative Honours

- Australia (2019-)

- Rugby World Cup (2019)

 

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