Epalahame Faiva rugby player
Epalahame Faiva rugby player

Epalahame Faiva

9th May 1994 1.83m/108kg Hooker

Faiva attended Wesley College and played for Eden Rugby club before trying rugby league. In 2014 and 2016 he was selected for the New Zealand U20 team which won back to back World Championships, after previously being selected for several times for various age group Counties Manukau teams.

Having being in the Waikato Academy and Waikato U20 team, Faiva made his debut for Waikato in 2013 against Horowhenua-Kapiti.

He would go on to start every game for Waikato in their 2016 campaign and was selected in the Blues 2017 Super Rugby squad, before being named in the Provincial Barbarians side to face the British & Irish Lions in their tour opener in Whangarei on June 3.

In May 2017, Faiva was withdrawn for the Provincial Barbarians squad in order to fulfil his Super Rugby commitments.

November 2017 saw him sign for Benetton Treviso, having made 36 appearances for Waikato in the Mitre 10 Cup.

After 47 appearances for Treviso, Faiva signed a new deal until June 30, 2022.

He recently played for Worcester Warriors in Premiership Rugby[8] but had his contracted terminated along with every other Warriors player on 5 October 2022

In March 2023 he was named in Hurricanes squad for Round 5 of 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season.

Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023, Faiva has been named in the squad for Italy.

S.C March 2023


bath Bath Rugby
2023 - present
nz New Zealand U20's
2013 - 2014
auckland-blues Blues
2017 - 2017
Untitled (4) Waikato
2013 - 2017
image Benetton Rugby
2017 - 2022
worcester-warriors Worcester Warriors
2022 - 2023
hurricanes Hurricanes
2023 - 2023
Italy Italy
2021 - 2024