David Havili
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David Havili

David Havili
Full nameDavid Kaetau Havili
Date of birth (1994-12-23) 23 December 1994 (age 25)
Place of birthNelson, New Zealand
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb; 14 st 13 lb)
SchoolMotueka High School
Nelson College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback, Centre, First Five
Current team Tasman, Crusaders
All Black No. 1161
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014- Tasman 64 (149)
2015- Crusaders 84 (154)
Correct as of 29 November 2020
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014 New Zealand U20 1 (0)
2017 New Zealand 5 (5)
Correct as of 15 April 2019

David Kaetau Havili (born 23 December 1994) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays as a midfield or outside back and also first five-eighth for Tasman in New Zealand's domestic Mitre 10 Cup and the Crusaders in the international Super Rugby competition.[1][2][3][4][5]

Early career

Havili is of P?keha and Tongan descent and is the son of former Nelson Bays rugby representative Bill Havili. David was born in the town of Nelson on New Zealand's South Island, but raised in nearby Motueka. He initially attended Motueka High School in his hometown, but later went to Nelson College, where he was a member of their 1st XV rugby team. After graduating high school he began working as a builder's apprentice while playing local club rugby for Nelson. During this time, he made his way through Tasman's youth structures and was a member of the Crusaders Knights Development team.[6]

Senior career


Havili made the Tasman Mako squad for the first time in 2014, and burst onto the scene with 4 tries in 10 appearances for the men from Nelson as they reached the final of the ITM Cup Premiership before going down 36-32 to Taranaki.[7] He played all 11 games for the Mako in their run to the semi-finals in 2015, netting 31 points in the process. Tasman were again losing finalists in 2016 with Havili playing a key role with 2 tries in 10 games.[2][8] During the 2019 season Havili captained Tasman to their first Mitre 10 Cup premiership title, scoring a try in the final win over Wellington.[9] Havili again captained the Mako to their second premiership title in a row in 2020.

Super Rugby

As a result of his impressive displays in his debut season at provincial level, Havili was named as a member of the Crusaders wider training group for the 2015 Super Rugby season.[10] Somewhat surprisingly, he featured 11 times in his first season in Christchurch and helped himself to 2 tries which saw him promoted to the full squad for 2016. He made 14 appearances in 2016 and contributed 2 tries as the Crusaders reached the competition's quarter-finals before going down 42-25 to the Lions in Johannesburg.[2][5] In October 2016, it was announced that he had signed a new 3-year deal which would see him stay with the Crusaders through to the end of the 2019 season.[11]

Havili started at inside centre against the touring British and Irish Lions in 2017, slotting into the place of the injured Ryan Crotty. Havili's 80-minute performance did not see him score any points, as the Crusaders lost to the Lions 3-12.

In the 2017 Super Rugby season, Havili was a key member of the Crusaders squad that lost only one match on the way to their eighth Super Rugby title. Havili was one of the Crusaders stand-out performers in the 2017 season, not only displacing All Blacks 60-plus-test veteran Israel Dagg from the fullback position, causing Dagg to be shifted to the right wing upon his return from a knee injury, but was also voted the Crusaders Player of the Year for 2017. Havili was one of the leading try-scorers of the 2017 Super Rugby season, finishing with 8 tries. Winger Seta Tamanivalu was the only Crusader to score more tries than Havili, scoring 10 tries in 2017.

Havili again played a crucial part in the Crusaders title wins in 2018 and 2019.


Havili was a member of the New Zealand Under 20 side that finished 3rd in the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship in his home country. He was not named in the initial squad, but was later called up to replace the injured Simon Hickey.[12]

Havili was called up to the All Blacks for the 2017 Rugby Championship squad after shoulder surgery ruled out Hurricanes back Jordie Barrett for the rest of the year.

Havili made his All Blacks debut against the Pumas on 1 October 2017 at José Amalfitani Stadium in Buenos Aires, replacing in-form winger Rieko Ioane with only 10 minutes left of the match. Despite only 10 minutes of game time Havili scored a try in the last minute of the test, allowing the All Blacks to beat Los Pumas 39-22. His standout performance against Argentina saw him named on the bench the following week against South Africa where he replaced the injured Nehe Milner-Skudder shortly before half time. Havili was the best-performing substitute off the bench in that fixture, setting up Damian McKenzie's try to make the score a 25-24 win over the Springboks for New Zealand.

Havili played in three games on the 2017 end-of-year tour, the first of which was a quiet performance in a 23-18 loss to the Wallabies where he replaced Lima Sopoaga off the bench. Havili earned his first start for the All Blacks on 5 November 2017 in a 31-22 win over the Barbarians where he was replaced by Sopoaga in the 46th minute. Havili also started for the All Blacks ten days later in a 28-23 win over a French XV where he produced a good performance and was not subbed off.


  1. ^ "David Havili". Mako.nz. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "David Havili Player Statistics". itsrugby. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "David Havili ESPN Scrum Player Profile". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "Crusaders 2017 Squad Guide" (PDF). All Blacks.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 November 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ a b "David Havili Crusaders Player Profile". Crusaders Rugby. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Tasman snaps up young player". Nelson Mail. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Taranaki vs Tasman 25 October 2014". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Tasman Makos name 2014 ITM Cup Squad". Makos Rugby. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "David Havili serves reminder of provincial rugby's importance". NZ Herald. 16 November 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Crusaders 2015 Squad Naming" (PDF). All Blacks.com. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Utility back David Havili re-signs with the Crusaders to end of 2019". Rugby Heaven. 18 October 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "Havili called up for NZ squad". Nelson Mail. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 2014.

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