This squad is an XV, as well as a list of honorable mentions, of players who have represented Waikato as well as a foreign international team. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The team has been selected from players with the professional era of rugby, 1987 Rugby World Cup to present. He also played for the Māori All Blacks and played against the British and Irish Lions on their tour of New Zealand in 2005.

British and Irish Lions Tour: Waikato overseas international XV from professional era
British and Irish Lions Tour: Waikato overseas international XV from professional era

Four years later Manu made his international debut for Fiji against Scotland. He became a regular captain and captained the side at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Manu played 14 games for Fiji from 2009-2012. From 2006 till 2014 he played for Welsh club Scarlets amassing 154 games for the side before retiring.

Manu is now very involved in building the game of rugby in Asia and among other roles he is a World Rugby Coach Educator there. Smith played for Fiji from 1995-2003 as well, qualifying through his Fijian father. He captained the squad at the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Smith was internationally capped 46 times for Fiji from 70 games played for the country. From 1997-2003 he played 48 games for the Chiefs in the Super 12. These days he is the referee manager for the Waikato Rugby Union and an athlete life advisor for High Performance Sport New Zealand.

Ben Tameifuna is the nephew of former Hawke’s Bay, Chiefs and Tongan prop Sona Taumalolo and has played for those same three teams. Tameifuna played for Hawke’s Bay for two seasons before moving to play for Waikato from 2013-2015. From 2012-2015 he was a regular player for the Chiefs, appearing 65 times for the Super Rugby team.

British and Irish Lions Tour: Waikato overseas international XV from professional era
British and Irish Lions Tour: Waikato overseas international XV from professional era

Tameifuna was called into the All Blacks squad at the age of 20 in 2012 but never took the field. Five years later he made he international debut for Tonga against Wales. So far, he has 13 test caps for Tonga and played two of their games at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Since leaving Waikato in 2015, Tameifuna has played for French rugby side Racing 92 and has played just short of 100 games for the club. Post Rugby World Cup he tipped the scales at 160kg. Racing 92 told him that he had to lose weight in order to take the field for them again.

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