Buxton Popoali'i

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Buxton Popoali'i
Full name Buxton Popoali'i
Date of birth (1989-12-04) 4 December 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth Auckland, Auckland Region, New Zealand
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 87 kg (13 st 10 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing, Fullback
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
correct as of 13 March 2014.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2012–13 Highlanders 15 (0)
correct as of 13 March 2014.

Buxton Popoali'i (born 4 December 1989) is a former rugby union player who played club rugby for Dunedin side Green Island[1] provincial ITM Cup rugby for Wellington between 2008 and 2010 and for Otago between 2011 and 2013. He also made 15 appearances for the Highlanders in 2012 and 2013. He usually played as a winger and fullback.

He retired from professional rugby in 2014, aged 24, due to a heart condition.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Popoali'i overcame heart valve replacement surgery at age 16 to crack the Wellington provincial squad for the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup.[3] He would spend three seasons with Wellington, but appeared in only 19 matches over that stretch, mainly off the bench.

Looking for more playing time, Popoali'i moved to Otago for the 2011 ITM Cup.[4] He quickly established himself as a starter on the wing, and scored his first provincial try in a 32-25 victory over Auckland on 20 July. He finished the season as the province's leading try-scorer with 4, and was the only Otago player to start every match over the year.

Popoali'i is also an accomplished rugby sevens player, and appeared in two sevens tournaments for New Zealand in 2010. He was again on the New Zealand sevens squad in 2011.

Popoali'i was named in the 2012 wider training squad for the Highlanders in 2011. Popoali'i made his Super Rugby debut for the Highlanders on the right wing in the 23-19 victory against the Chiefs on 25 February 2012 in Hamilton.


  1. ^ "Super Rugby Profile: Highlanders – Buxton Popoalii". Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Buxton Popolaii retires from rugby". SANZAR. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Worthington, Sam (1 February 2011). "Buxton Popoalii to step into sevens limelight". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Buxton Popoalii". Television New Zealand. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 

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