A talented winger Salesi Rayasi spent a stint in the Canterbury Rugby Academy, where he lost his passion for the game and saw basketball as his real calling.
Rayasi told Canterbury Rugby that he had done his time with rugby and that he would be returning to Wellington to chase a US college basketball scholarship.
However, Rayasi’s father Filipe - an accomplished professional and former Fijian international rugby player himself - and mother convinced the young winger to give rugby one more try.
That he did, joining the Upper Hutt Rams Premier side late in their Swindale Shield run with immediate impact, scoring a hat-trick. He went on to be named in the NZ 7's side that won the World Cup tournament in 2018.
He was later named in the Wellington Mitre 10 Cup and in 2017 he signed for Auckland.
Rayasi was one of Auckland's key squad members in 2018 and helped the side win the competition. Following the conclusion of the competition, he signed a deal with the Hurricane until at least the end of the 2021 Super Rugby season.
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