A winger of both gigantic and damaging proportions Taqele Naiyaravoro chose Australia over his native Fiji order to achieve his international rugby ambitions. Born in Suva, Naiyaravoro played on the wing and as a flanker in his schoolboy days. He was spotted by a scout at the secondary schools rugby championship in Fiji, which saw him move to New Zealand where he joined the Tamaki Sports Academy and Otahuhu Rugby Club. In 2012 he was signed by the NRL’s Wests Tigers where he scored 23 tries in just 15 NSW Cup games. Two years later Naiyaravoro was recruited back to rugby and into the New South Wales Waratahs by future national coach Michael Cheika. Fiji were also keen to pick Naiyaravoro, however his eligibility was won by Australia when he debuted for the Wallabies against the United States ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Naiyaravoro won his first Test cap off the bench when he replaced Rob Horne in the 47-10 victory over the U.S.A. in Chicago and scored a try with his first touch of the ball.
Naiyaravoro made it two tries from two internationals when he scored after he had replaced Rob Horne in the 40-44, 3rd Test loss to England at Sydney.
Naiyaravoro was born in the remote Yasawa archipelago in Fiji. He was schooled at Cuvu College and Suva Grammar School in Fiji where he was part of the rugby union and track teams.
In 2016 he was named to re-join the Wallabies for the three Test series against England. The Fijian-born winger came off the bench at the 68 minute mark during the third and final Test against England, crossing for his second try in as
many Test matches after the final siren in front of a record crowd at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Big T has become a crowd favourite with the Waratahs and is certain to be a Rams favourite as well.